South Creek Restoration

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Spring 2016 Update

Construction of the restoration project is complete, including removal of the concrete channel and installation of natural stream features including pools, logs, and boulders.  Wetland areas have been constructed where stormwater pipes enter the stream to naturally filter pollutants in stormwater runoff.  Trees are being planted this spring.  Areas seeded with native plants have been delineated with fence posts and signage.  These areas will be mowed less frequently to allow native plants to establish and provide habitat and water quality benefits.  


In June 2014, the City of Springfield was awarded a $765,000 grant by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) for the South Creek Restoration Project. The project will remove the concrete channel and restore the creek to a more natural condition in the one-mile section along Sunset Street between Campbell Avenue and Kansas Expressway. The purpose of the project is to improve water quality and habitat for aquatic life. The project also aligns with two major goals in the Field Guide 2030 Strategic Plan to utilize native plants in publicly-funded projects and to restore streams and riparian corridors.

The grant is federal funding provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act, through MDNR. The required 40% match will be provided with approximately $485,000 from the 1/4 cent Capital Improvement Sales Tax and the 2006 Springfield-Greene County Parks/Waterways Sales Tax along with contributions of time from City staff and grant partner Ozark Greenways, bringing the total value of the project to more than $1.2 million.

The project is a cooperative effort of the Departments of Public Works and Environmental Service. Olsson Associates is designing the project. The general contractor is Towe Construction. James River Basin Partnership (JRBP) and the Ozarks Environmental and Water Resources Institute will be monitoring water quality and aquatic life before and after the project to measure improvement. JRBP will also assist with education and outreach efforts. Construction began in July 2015.

For more information, contact: Chris Dunnaway, Public Works Professional Engineer, (417) 864-1876; or Carrie Lamb, Environmental Services Water Quality Coordinator, (417) 864-1996.

South Creek Naturalization Project Area (PDF)