For Immediate Release
Watershed Committee Celebrates 25 Years with Free Activities
This Saturday, September 12, the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks will be celebrating its 25th anniversary! This non-profit citizens group was set up in 1984 through a joint agreement between the city of Springfield, Greene County and City Utilities to protect the sources of public drinking water for the Springfield-Greene County Community.
The celebration will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Valley Water Mill Park on the north side of Springfield: The following is an itinerary of events:
- 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Fun, hands-on World Water Monitoring Day Activities for Kids and Families; Learn about monitoring the health and quality of our region’s water
- 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.: Formal welcome, proclamations, and information and recognition of donors for the certified “green” Watershed Education Center currently being built at Valley Water Mill Park
- 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Free Lunch under the Big Tent
- 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.: Canoe Races on Valley Water Mill Lake: Heat 1: The Media (News-Leader, KSPR, KYTV, 417 Magazine); Heat 2: Government (Greene County, Willard, Ozark and Battlefield); Heat 3: Partners (Watershed Committee, James River Basin Partnership, Ozark Environmental and Water Resources Institute). Additional groups and individuals may sign up on site. Following these heats, there will be an open heat, but you (two paddlers) will need to sign up at the information tent before 12:15 p.m. (Boats and paddles provided, but numbers limited; life jackets provided and must be worn; all participants must sign liability waivers).
Over these many years, the Watershed Committee has worked to improve water quality by educating people who live and work in the watershed, from kindergarteners to stormwater engineers. We have used grant funds to replace failing onsite sewage systems with advanced systems more suited to our local soils and geology and assisted farmers and landowners with watershed-friendly practices. Our largest project to date, the Watershed Center at Valley Water Mill Park, is already providing hundreds of school children with field trips and hands-on learning about wetlands, streams and lakes. The main education building, to be discussed Saturday, will provide public meeting spaces in a LEED-certified, energy and water efficient structure.
Clean water is a precious commodity. Our health, as well as our economic stability, depends on abundant and clean water supplies for the use and enjoyment of future generations.
For more information about the 25th anniversary event, contact the Watershed Committee office at 866-1127 or visit the website, www.watershedcommittee.org