Stormwater Improvements and Planting Days at MSU and Drury

This summer, WCO and City staff have been busy managing the construction of two basin retrofits on Drury University and Missouri State University campuses to make water quality improvements as part of the Big Urbie grant. The detention basin retrofits included removal of the concrete channels and replacing the concrete with a meandering rock swale. The general contractor was Carson-Mitchell, Inc. who did an outstanding job on these unique projects that required much attention to detail.

Native vegetation will be planted along the rock swale in each basin to slow down and filter runoff, and allow it to soak into the ground. We will be planting at MSU on Wednesday September 3rd starting at 7:30am and at Drury on Tuesday September 9th starting at 8am. We have a lot of plants to get in the ground and could use some helping hands! If you are interested in signing up to volunteer please contact Stacey at (417)866-1127 ext. 125 or by email at

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

MSU basin after Big Urbie improvements

MSU basin before

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