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Springfield Marks Another Milestone in Water Quality, Access Project

Lake Drummond Spillway at Nathaniel Greene/Close Memorial Park. Photo Credit: Theresa Bettmann

Following a night of storms and rain throughout the region, officials in Springfield Friday celebrated the completion of a project that, in part, addresses erosion caused by flooding. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann has more on the new Stormwater and Trail Improvements project at Nathaniel-Greene/Close Memorial Park.

The lakeside dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting marked completion of the fifth of six waterworks projects between Springfield Public Works and the Park Board.

Standing beside a newly stabilized Lake Drummond spillway, Public Works Principal Stormwater Engineer Todd Wagner told the crowd that the project addresses safety and aesthetic issues.

“There's a lot of severe erosion on the downstream side of the spillway. This will tighten that up to where you don't have to worry about erosion, sediment or any kind of problem with that," says Wagner.

The stabilization and beautification project improves the South Creek Greenway. Water from this creek becomes part of Wilson's Creek, the James River and ultimately Table Rock Lake. Wagner explains it is important to prevent stream banks from washing away into our larger water resources.

"There are some really important water resources there that this feeds into. And as with all of our tributaries to those large waterways we need to protect them, to keep those big waterways clean," Wagner says.

The project took around nine months to complete, says Wagner. The $1.1 million project was paid for by the 2006 Springfield-Greene County Parks-Stormwater tax.

Previous waterway projects at Doling Park, Sequiota Park, Fassnight Park and Dickerson Park Zoo are also complete. Improvements for the sixth project at the Ward Branch Greenway are currently underway.

For KSMU News, I'm Theresa Bettmann.