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In the early 1980’s a series of taste and odor events caused a drinking water crisis in Springfield. Compounds released by algae made the water taste and smell terrible, and caused a community uproar. Community leaders got together to solve the problem. One of those solutions was to create, and fund, The Watershed Committee of the Ozarks. Since 1984, Watershed Committee of the Ozarks continues to focus on source water protection, and the City, County, and City Utilities continue to invest in WCO’s mission: “to sustain and improve the water supply of Springfield and Greene County through education and effective management of the region’s watersheds.