Asher Creek Project

Project Completed October 2013

2012-05-16 12.53.51The Watershed Committee of the Ozarks (WCO) partnered with the Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District (GCSWD) to conduct the water quality sampling component for the Asher Creek 319 Project. WCO and the GCSWD have the common objective of encouraging the responsible use of our natural resources and the protection of critical drinking water supplies in the Little Sac River Watershed. WCO collected the water quality grab-samples, flow measurements, downloaded stage logger data, and delivered the samples to Ozarks Environmental Water Resources Institute for analysis.

The Asher Creek watershed is a sub-basin of the Little Sac Watershed in Greene and Polk Counties. The Little Sac River Watershed includes Fellows Lake, McDaniel Lake, and Stockton Lake and makes up the majority of the City of Springfield’s public drinking water supply. The primary goal of the Asher Creek water quality weekly monitoring effort was to identify the bacteria levels and quantify the nutrient loads within the watershed.

The 18 month water quality monitoring was conducted from May 1st, 2012 to October 31st, 2013 with a total of 343 samples being collectedThe Watershed Committee of the Ozarks (WCO) partnered with the Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District (GCSWD) to conduct the water quality sampling component for the Asher Creek 319 Project. WCO and the GCSWD have the common objective of encouraging the responsible use of our natural resources and the protection of critical drinking water supplies in the Little Sac River Watershed.

WCO collected the water quality grab-samples, flow measurements, downloaded stage logger data, and delivered the samples to Ozarks Environmental Water Resources Institute for analysis.
The Asher Creek watershed is a sub-basin of the Little Sac Watershed in Greene and Polk Counties. The Little Sac River Watershed includes Fellows Lake, McDaniel Lake, and Stockton Lake and makes up the majority of the City of Springfield’s public drinking water supply.

The primary goal of the Asher Creek water quality weekly monitoring effort was to identify the bacteria levels and quantify the nutrient loads within the watershed. The 18 month water quality monitoring was conducted from May 1st, 2012 to October 31st, 2013 with a total of 343 samples being collected. The results yielded E.Coli bacteria levels exceeding the State of Missouri water quality standard for whole-body contact at all sites. Seasonal trends in concentrations show that sources of bacteria are varied throughout the year at different locations in the watershed and should be investigated further.