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The City of Springfield hosted a celebration of the completion of the South Creek Restoration Project at a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday, Oct. 26 at Sunset Street and Grant Avenue, near the South Creek Greenway Trail.
The purpose of the project was to improve water quality and habitat for aquatic life by removing the concrete channel and restoring the creek to a more natural condition in the one-mile section of South Creek along Sunset Street between Campbell Avenue and Kansas Expressway. The project incorporates natural stream features including logs and rocks that provide habitat for fish and other aquatic life. Vegetation was incorporated to naturally filter common pollutants in stormwater runoff from roads, parking lots, and neighborhoods. Trees were planted to provide shade for the stream and trail users. Native plants that support butterflies and other pollinators were preserved and enhanced with additional seeding of native plants.
The project was 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 was provided from the ¼-cent Capital Improvements Sales Tax and the 2006 Springfield-Greene County Parks/Waterways Sales Tax along with contributions of time from City staff. Native landscape maintenance is funded in part by a $10,000 Community Conservation Grant from the Missouri Department of Conservation.
The total project cost was approximately $1.1 million for construction and $140,000 for design. The design consultant was Olsson Associates and the construction contractor was Towe Construction. James River Basin Partnership and the Ozarks Environmental and Water Resources Institute provided technical assistance and water quality monitoring for the project.
For more information, contact Communication Coordinator Kristen Milam at (573) 819-3713 or [email protected] or Carrie Lamb, Environmental Services Water Quality Coordinator, (417) 864-1996.