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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Please join the City of Springfield at 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 22 to cut the ribbon for the reconstructed parking lots at City Government Plaza. In case of rain, the event will be moved indoors to the Busch Municipal Building Lobby.
The reconstruction of the lots was a grant-funded project to demonstrate ways of managing stormwater that reduce the amount of runoff and pollution that reaches our streams. The lots now include pervious pavement, rain gardens and a bioswale that allow rainwater to soak into the ground.
Construction began in September 2014 and occurred in two phases.
The project was a partnership of Watershed Committee of the Ozarks and the City of Springfield as part of the Springfield-Greene County Urban Watershed Stewardship Project Grant (nicknamed Big Urbie).
The parking lots project was one of many projects funded by the Big Urbie grant, 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.
The required 40% match was provided through in-kind staff time from the City and grant partners, and City matching funds from the 2006 Parks/Waterways Sales Tax dedicated for lake, waterway and stream improvements.
For more information, contact: Carrie Lamb, City of Springfield Environmental Services Water Quality Coordinator, 417-864-1996; or Stacey Armstrong, Watershed Committee of the Ozarks Projects Manager, 417-866-1127.