Entries by Mike K

Water Wednesday ‘Idea from out west’

Nearly all people want clean water. I would like to introduce you to an idea from “out west” that is practical, hopeful, and effective, which is based on the common ground, that is, we all want clean water. This is an excerpt from the Quivira Coalition’s website about what’s called the Radical Center: “We therefore […]

WCO Seeking P/T Habitat Improvement Specialist

Watershed Center Habitat Improvement Specialist Description: The Watershed Committee of the Ozarks (WCO) is a not-for-profit organization with the mission to sustain and improve water resources for Springfield and Greene County through education and the effective management of the region’s watersheds. We began utilizing the property at Valley Water Mill Lake in 2001 with a […]

Free Money for Water Wednesday

Free Money for Water Wednesday! The fine print: we are aware of some grant money available to “plug” or decommission an abandoned well in the Little Sac Watershed. Contact us if you know of one. The money is provided by a Source Water Protection Grant from Missouri DNR awarded to City Utilities. Why, you may […]

WCO 2015 Annual Report

Attached you will find our 2015 annual report. We continually work to keep our water resources clean through our projects and education. Along the way, we help our community meet federally mandated water quality requirements, bring in millions of dollars in grant money for mission related projects, and teach thousands of youth about our precious […]

Water Wednesday ‘Groundwater Connection’

Residents of Springfield who receive water from City Utilities get a blend of mostly surface water sources from surrounding lakes and rivers.  Almost everyone else in southwest Missouri, however, depends on Groundwater. In my years at the Watershed Committee, I have witnessed events which illustrate the connectivity of surface water and groundwater and the sensitivity […]

Water Wednesday ‘Big Dig’

Big Dig The clean-up of the Brownfield at our old office (320 N. Main) is underway! There are some interesting historical photos from the area, including the gas plant, in the article. It is a good time to reflect on how much cheaper source water protection as opposed to trying to undo damage which usually […]