Mike Kromrey, Executive Director
Stacey Armstrong, Projects Manager
Kelly Guenther, Business Manager
Rob Hunt, Watershed Center Coordinator
Bridget Dierks, Chair
Scott Bratcher, Vice Chair
Dan Hoy, Secretary
Missouri State University
Greene County Soil and Water District
Missouri Department of Conservation
Project WET (Water Education for Teachers)
Springfield Greene County Park Board
Watershed Committee of the Ozarks is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 whose mission is to sustain and improve the water resources of Springfield and Greene County through education and effective management of the region’s watersheds
History of the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks
Thirty years ago, the Watershed Task Force was assembled out of concern for the drinking water supply. The group foresaw the community’s growth would threaten the very water it depended on if a thoughtful, balanced approach was not taken. One of the recommendations of the task force was to form a group—the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks—to protect our drinking water resources. Twenty-nine years later, the WCO has proven to be one of our community’s best ideas. The same stressors to our water supply that were present then are present now, and the mission of the WCO remains vital, relevant, and important. The powerful three-way sponsor agreement between the City, the County, and City Utilities still accomplishes valuable funding leverage, cooperation, and efficiency.
City Utilities, Greene County, and the City of Springfield have sponsored the Watershed Committee since 1984. The three way agreement is an effective fund leveraging tool, and provides operational support for the WCO. The operational support enables the WCO to further leverage funds by creating partnerships, writing grants, and seeking private support which results on a huge return on investment for the sponsors and for the citizens of the community.
The Watershed Committee holds its public meetings on the first Friday of every month at 7:30 a.m. at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library. At these meetings watershed issues and concerns are discussed by a wide variety of stakeholders.