In 2015, South Creek between Campbell and Kansas Expressway was restored to a more natural condition by removing the concrete channel and adding meandering pools, riffles, rocks, and logs typical of an Ozarks stream.
Over 100 trees were planted and the area was seeded with native plants that help to filter the water and provide habitat for butterflies, birds, and other native insects essential to the food web. The goal of the restoration project was to improve water quality and habitat for aquatic life while enhancing the area as a linear park for users of the existing South Creek Greenway Trail. The habitat improvement goal was measured by assessing the diversity of macroinvertebrates, the small organisms that live in the stream. Macroinvertebrates are important water quality indicators and can tell us a lot about the health of a stream.
Assessments before and after the project showed that water quality improved from poor and fair to good and excellent. The project was funded in part by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act, through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. For more information, view the case study booklet here.