Tis the Season for Stormwater Improvements!

The Big Urbie grant has completed two more stormwater improvement projects.  A rain garden was constructed at Messiah Lutheran Church.  This rain garden captures runoff from the parking lot which is then filtered by native plants such as St. John’s wort shrubs, tussock sedge, prairie dropseed and Missouri primrose.

Before

Before

After

After

 

If you shop at Homegrown Foods on the corner of Pickwick and Cherry Street you will see a new pervious patio that is part of the Big Urbie grant.  Aqua Bric permeable pavers were installed which unlike traditional pavers uses pea gravel in the joints to allow stormwater to infiltrate into the ground.  Missouri Department of Conservation provided match for the permeable pavers.  To see more photos of projects visit http://www.bigurbie.org/photolog.php.

Home grown Patio

Homegrown Foods Patio

Pervious pavers with pea gravel

Pervious pavers with pea gravel

As the year comes to an end it is fun to reflect on the work that has been completed in 2014.  We had a very productive project year and these projects would also not be possible without the community partnerships we are so fortunate to have in Springfield.  A special thank you goes out to the dedicated people that helped to accomplish these projects!

These projects are funded as part of the Springfield-Greene County Urban Watershed Stewardship Project (nicknamed Big Urbie), a $1.1 million federal grant awarded to Watershed Committee of the Ozarks in 2011 by U.S. EPA Region 7 through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources under section 319 of the Clean Water Act.

Stacey Armstrong
Projects Managerbigurbesmall

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