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DNR Section 319 Nonpoint Source Implementation Grant (BIG URBIE)

Project Completed June 2015

The Big Urbie Final Reports

  • Big Urbie Final Report: HERE
  • OEWRI South and Fassnight Creek Water Quality Assessment Final Report: HERE
  • OEWRI Detention Basins Final Report: HERE


In April 2013, WCO was awarded an additional $100,000 grant funds which will be matched with $66,667 in matching funds. The award will allow more stormwater improvement projects to be completed.

The Section 319 grant implements stormwater improvement practices that reduce and treat runoff from streets, buildings and parking lots, thereby protecting area streams, lakes and springs. The improvements are being implemented at residences, businesses, schools, and community parks located in the South Creek, Fassnight Creek, Jordan Creek and Pea Ridge Creek watersheds. The grant also monitors the water quality before and after improvements are installed. This allows local experts to measure the effectiveness of these natural solutions for reducing, absorbing and treating stormwater runoff.

Projects Implemented

During the 2014 calendar year, several stormwater water quality projects were completed including rain gardens, tree box filters, bioswales, riparian corridor improvements and designs for LID (low impact development) stormwater best management practices.

  • 4 Big Urbie Clean-ups with a total of 134 volunteers
  • 5 volunteer planting days with a total of 98 volunteers
  • Partnered with Springfield Public Schools to construct pervious pavement parking lots at Boyd Elementary and Robberson Elementary consisting of a gravel infiltration swales, native vegetation and rain barrels
  • Constructed new detention basin stormwater improvements at Missouri State University and Drury University to promote infiltration
  • Partnered with MSU Campus Construction Team, Facilities Management, and Students for Sustainability Commission to construct a 20,000 gallon rainwater collection system at the William H. Darr School of Agriculture. This innovative project utilizes rainwater collected from the roof for dust suppression inside the Pinegar Arena
  • Funding from Big Urbie allowed the City Streets Department to construct their first pervious pavement parking lot
  • Partnered with Missouri Department of Conservation to install a pervious paver patio at Homegrown Grocery
  • Partnered with Gilardi’s Restaurant to collect 1,700 gallons of rainwater from their roof to help water their vegetable and herb gardens
  • Constructed a rain garden with native plants for Messiah Lutheran Church
  • Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) held a two-day course Stormwater Management for Educators course at Missouri State University June
  • Two parking lots at the City Government Plaza will be retrofitted with pervious pavement, rain gardens, and a bioswale that will allow rainwater to soak into the ground and be used and naturally filtered by soil, plants, and trees
  • Held 4 Big Urbie Steering Committee Meetings


The Watershed Committee of the Ozarks has been awarded a Section 319 Nonpoint Source Implementation Grant by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The grant total award will be $1,000,000 applied over four years (2012-2015) toward stormwater best management practices to reduce nonpoint source pollutants in Springfield and Greene County. A variety of water quality improvement projects including rain gardens, rainwater harvesting, native vegetation, vegetative filters, infiltration trenches, streetscapes projects, riparian restoration projects and retrofits of standard detention basins will be implemented in four targeted sub-watersheds; Jordan Creek, Fassnight Creek, South Creek and Pea Ridge Creek. The project name is the Springfield/Greene County Urban Watershed Stewardship Project, which has been dubbed the Big Urbie.

Project partners include Watershed Committee of the Ozarks, city of Springfield Storm Water Services Division, Greene County Resource Management, Ozarks Environmental and Water Resources Institute, Missouri State Project WET, James River Basin Partnership and Ozark Greenways.

Since the DNR Section 319 Grant has multiple partners, a grant webpage called Big Urbie, was created and is maintained by the city of Springfield. Please visit the Big Urbie website to find project details, milestones, pictures, updates and current news.

Forestry Learning Station

Completed 2008

The Forestry Learning Station is located just off the Doline Loop Trail, on the edge of a pronounced sinkhole, in the upland forest. Using a $5,000 grant from the LAD (Leo A. Drey) Foundation, volunteers organized by Dave Sturdevant, built Leopold benches for the learning station. The benches can accommodate a solitary hiker or a whole class of students. Three interpretive signs titled Forests and Watersheds, Forest Management and Forest Ecosystems accompany the benches.

Source Water Protection Development and Implementation Grant

Source Water Protection Development and Implementation Grant

Project Manager: Watershed Committee of the Ozarks
Public Water System: City of Springfield, Missouri, by and for the benefit of City Utilities of Springfield, MO

Our primary goal/objective is to develop a comprehensive voluntary SWPP for the Springfield Water Supply to submit for endorsement to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

We will accomplish these tasks:

1) Form a local source water protection steering committee to guide the development of the voluntary community SWPP.
2) Update our potential contaminate sources listed as unconfirmed in the state data base from inventory list of the Source Water Assessment Plan.
3) Revise the “How to Protect Your Well” factsheet.-completed-under Publications
4) Create a “Source Water Protection Starts at Home” educational factsheet-completed and mailed to residents in targeted area
5) Use the plan as a Watershed Control Program suitable for Log Removal credit under LT2ESWTR if needed


DNR Recreational Trails Grant

Project Completed October 2008

In 2008, the Watershed Committee received a $100,000 Recreational Trails Grant through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to complete the trail system at the Watershed Center. This grant was specifically geared towards connecting the Watershed Center to the surrounding neighborhoods via a bridge across the spillway dam, a stream crossing of the South Dry Sac creek, and a small trail extension.

Volunteers from the Mill Ridge neighborhood helped Ozarks Greenways staff rough in a nature trail connecting their neighborhood to the South Dry Sac Greenway. The WCO, with the assistance of Greene County and the city of Springfield, installed a stream crossing on the South Dry Sac. this completed the trail connection from Mill Ridge to the Greenway, which leads directly to the Watershed Center.

In October 2008, the last major segment of trail around the Watershed Center site was finished with installation of the Kelley-Stokes Pedestrian Bridge. The bridge was dedicated on November 14, 2008 with more than 75 people in attendance. The bridge is 105 feet long, made of 95% recycled steel, is decked with 100% recycled composite decking and painted with environmentally friendly paint.

Additional funding for the Kelley-Stokes Pedestrian Bridge was provided by the C.W. Titus Foundation, Doing Steele and Carson-Mitchell Inc.

Boy Scout Bridge

Completed November 2008

The little bridge at the Watershed Center was a big project. The stream that flows into the lake posed a major barrier to hikers and students in times of high water. With the help of Greene County, a motivated Boy Scout, and the North Side Rotary, our bridge is complete! The Jon Williams original design spans 29 feet and is about 9 feet over the stream bed in the center.

Community On-Site Wastewater and Stormwater 319 Project

Projects Completed 2004-2008

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources awarded this Section 319 Nonpoint Source Implementation Grant to the Watershed Committee. The C.O.W.S grant directed funding to address two of the biggest water quality issues related to growth: wastewater and stormwater.

The Onsite Wastewater Training Center (OWTC) was one of the major milestones. The OWTC, located adjacent to the Watershed Center, serves as an outdoor classroom for wastewater installers. This facility showcases several alternative onsite septic systems, as well as innovative stormwater techniques. Failing septic systems have been shown to contaminate surface and groundwater resources, including wells used for drinking water. Community outreach projects included workshops, onsite rehabilitation and on-site coupons that will cost-share for maintenance. A cost share project provided a landowner enough incentive to work with the Watershed Committee to replace a failing system that was surface discharging directly into the Little Sac.
For a full description of the projects and accomplishments see the Final Report below

Project Partners: Greene County, Springfield-Greene County Park Board, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Water Quality Improvement Project