Darr Family Foundation Grant

Project Summary The Watershed Committee received a $10,000 grant from the Darr Family Foundation (DFF). This funding will be used to help establish a nursery operation, focused on native plants, at Hillcrest High School. In partnership with Springfield Public Schools (SPS), the Watershed Committee has helped develop a 3-year “college and career pathway” program at …

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USDA Conservation Technical Assistance Grant

The Watershed Committee of the Ozarks was awarded the USDA Conservation Technical Assistance Grant for $49,0000 on September 15, 2018. The project is titled the Sac and James River Watershed Conservation Outreach Project and the objective of the project is to promote public awareness and implementation of Farm Bill activities, especially in historically underserved communities …

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Ozark Society Foundation Youth Engagement Grant

Project Summary The Watershed Committee of the Ozarks would like to acknowledge The Ozark Society Foundation for awarding the Watershed Natives program a grant of $2,000. The Watershed Natives program was established to meet the growing demand for native plants both residential and restoration efforts. Native plants are integral to soil health, pollinator and wildlife …

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Monitoring Wells

Groundwater is a precious resource, and many people statewide rely on it exclusively for their water supply. The observation wells at the Watershed Center provide valuable groundwater data, as well as an educational tool for the Watershed Center. The monitoring wells measure the water levels of the two separate aquifers under the Springfield area. The …

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Sac and James River Watershed Conservation Outreach Project

The Watershed Committee of the Ozarks was awarded the USDA Conservation Technical Assistance Grant for $49,0000 on September 15, 2018. The project is to promote public awareness and implementation of Farm Bill activities, especially in historically underserved communities and in watersheds critical to drinking water supply. As part of the grant WCO has created a …

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Community Conservation Grant

The Missouri Department of Conservation awarded the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks (WCO) $10,000 through a Community Conservation Grant (CCG). Provide support for terrestrial and aquatic habitat improvement in urban areas, Coordinate efforts among similar organizations which share the common goal of improving urban habitats and supporting community conservation efforts, Train partner organization staff in …

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Watershed Center

The Watershed Committee of the Ozarks created the Watershed Center at Valley Water Mill Park. This 100-acre parcel is of great geologic and historic interest. It contains a prominent fault zone where streams sink into underground channels. It was the site of a grist mill before the Civil War. And it contains a wide variety …

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Summer Stream Testing

During the summer, WCO assists the Springfield-Greene County Health Department with collecting their weekly bacteria samples in streams that are public swimming locations. After the samples are analyzed the E.Coli and Total Coliform results are posted on the health department’s webpage the following day for the public to access. In years past, the Watershed Committee …

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