Construction at Drury University for Stormwater Improvements

Construction has started at Drury University’s parking lot and detention basin for the Big Urbie stormwater retrofit improvement project. The goal of this project is to reduce nonpoint source pollution from stormwater runoff to our local urban streams.  The detention basin retrofit includes removal of a concrete channel which will be replaced with rocks and vegetation to slow down and filter runoff, and allow it to soak into the ground.  The basin is being monitored by collecting samples of runoff and measurements of flow before and after the improvements to determine their effectiveness at reducing runoff and improving water quality.  This monitoring is being conducted by the Ozarks Environmental and Water Resources Institute (OEWRI) at MSU as part of the grant.  

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.  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 www.bigurbie.org or call Stacey Armstrong, Projects Manager for the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks at 417-866-1127.

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