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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The City’s Public Works and Environmental Services departments will begin construction June 15 on the South Creek Restoration Project, which 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,” says Water Quality Coordinator Carrie Lamb. “The project aligns with two major goals in the City’s Field Guide 2030 Strategic Plan to utilize native plants in publicly funded projects and to restore streams and riparian corridors.”
Construction will be complete by winter. No closures of the South Creek greenway trail adjacent to the project are anticipated during construction.
The project is funded in part by a $765,000 water quality grant awarded to the City by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR). The grant is federal funding provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 7, through MDNR, under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act.
The required 40% match will be provided from the ¼ 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.
The total project cost is approximately $1.1 million for construction and $140,000 for design. The design consultant is Olsson Associates and the construction contractor is Towe Construction. James River Basin Partnership and the Ozarks Environmental and Water Resources Institute are providing technical assistance and water quality monitoring for the project.
For more information, contact: Chris Dunnaway, Public Works Professional Engineer, 417- 864-1876; or Carrie Lamb, Environmental Services Water Quality Coordinator, 417-864-1996.