It’s raining, it’s pouring, and our stormwater projects are working!

This summer, the Big Urbie grant constructed two detention basin retrofits on Drury University and Missouri State University campuses to make water quality improvements. The unexpected rain this morning allowed us to see the stormwater improvements in action!

Before the Big Urbie improvements the basin would not hold water very long, the rain would runoff the concrete channel and quickly leave the basin providing a very minimal water quality or flood reduction benefit.  During construction we removed the concrete channel and replaced the concrete with a meandering rock swale.  Today we saw the basins fill with water and provide a water quality and quantity benefit just as the design intended.

This project was partially funded by The Springfield-Greene County Urban Watershed Stewardship Project (Big Urbie) water quality grant, with matching funds and in-kind assistance provided by the City and County.  Big Urbie is a $1.1 million federal grant awarded to Watershed Committee of the Ozarks by U.S. EPA Region 7 through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources under section 319 of the Clean Water Act in 2011. For more information visit

Stacey Armstrong, Projects Manager

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