VERMILLION — The Living River Group of the Sierra Club will hold their monthly meeting on Aug. 20, at 7 p.m. in the Kozak Room of the Vermillion Public Library.

Guy Larson and James T. Pearson of the newly formed Yankton Sierra Club group will lead a discussion about water testing and explain how we can get involved with this important activity.

After a career of building furniture and selling lumber and designing kitchens, most recently for Mead Lumber in Vermillion, Guy Larson retired in December 2018. A lifelong resident of Yankton, he is well aware of the challenges to the area’s water quality and environment as a whole. Guy said, “I had been thinking that Yankton was in need of a local group of the Sierra Club. Retirement gives me the opportunity to devote some time to addressing these challenges.”

Jim Pearson and his wife Gloria have lived in the Yankton area for about 20 years. He is a recently retired Episcopal priest with a life-long interest in environmental issues and a Sierra Club member for many years. Jim said, “I was happy to join with the Living River Group and the Friends of Union County to oppose the proposed Hyperion Oil Refinery ... a polluting industrial complex ill-suited for some of the most beautiful land in this region, let alone being sited in the Big Sioux and Missouri River watersheds.”

The meeting is free and open to the public. Anyone interested in environmental issues is invited to attend.

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