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Two men in a canoe. Photo Credit James River Basin Partnership

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Photo Credit: Terry Whaley

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The mission of OzarksEnvironmentNews.com is to facilitate communication and to celebrate efforts and accomplishments among the environmental community of the Southwest Missouri Ozarks and to provide useful information to those who live in or visit the Region. Learn more...

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Welcome to OzarksEnvironmentNews.com!  This is your virtual bulletin board – a place to share information and celebrate your events, your accomplishments, your projects as well as a place to find info about organizations of like-minded folks, cool places to go to experience the outdoors at its best, and resources offering data, information, expertise.  You are invited to share your news and enjoy the news of others! Got news? Report it to info@ozarksenvironmentnews.com   Please note: we make every effort to ensure accuracy in our website; however, we cannot be responsible for info garnered from sites other than ours. 

Chats for Change  Missouri Coalition for the Environment - Springfield Region 

August 18 from 6 pm - 8 pm at Finley Farms  

Registration Required  https://moenvironment.org/events/chats-for-change-springfield/

Fall Dish to Dirt Workshops

Fall Workshops Are Coming! 

Join us for a virtual “how to compost” workshop—choose either Saturday Sept. 17 or Saturday Oct. 1.  Click the link below for your choice of dates to register.  Both workshops are 9-11 a.m.  During the workshop you’ll get information about how and when to pick up your free 80 gallon compost bin, kitchen counter collection bin and compost turner.  There is no cost to attend this workshop, but space is limited so sign up as soon as possible.  Limit one compost bin per household.

Registration links:

Saturday, Sept. 17- https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0ocOCpqzMtGdScb6S0bHsBzcUZY-fgyXzE

Saturday, Oct. 1- https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwrdO2qrzsiGNRyQmk2-5AAngMlVwcY8AFr




MISSOURI RECYCLING ASSOCIATION - MORA
Mo. Recycling Association 2022 Conference  www.moraconference.org
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW!  (EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 8/12/2022) 
October 11-13, 2022
Stoney Creek Inn - Independence, MO!

Stream Teams United Releases 2021 Annual Report

Member - $375.00
Non-Member - $460.00
One Day - $285.00
Exhibitors - $545.00
Extra Booth Staff - $260.00

2022 SHORELINE CLEANUP

 

H2Ozarks, formerly Ozarks Water Watch, is organizing the 22nd Annual Shoreline Cleanup to be conducted on September 30 - October 2 and on October 7 – October 9! We started this event in 2001 on Table Rock Lake with less than 100 volunteers. Since then, with your help, we have grown to over 1,000 volunteers cleaning up Table Rock Lake, Lake Taneycomo, and Bull Shoals Lake.

This effort has resulted in the removal of over 18,000 bags of trash from the shorelines of these lakes. With more than 1,900 miles (over 1,730,000 water skis lined up end-to-end) of shoreline between the three lakes, there is still more cleanup work to do.

The local community has made this work possible with generous support!

Can we count on your support for the Shoreline Cleanup this year?

Be a sponsor! Organize a cleanup team! Give back to the community! This event is a fantastic opportunity for company team building, achieving volunteer hours for school or a scout troop, or just getting out and enjoying the outdoors with family and friends.

H2Ozarks is a non-profit, 501c3 company. Donations are tax deductible!

For more information visit www.h2ozarks.org or call 417-739-5001

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MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES  
Missouri Department of Natural Resources

 

WATERSHED COMMITTEE OF THE OZARKS 

Watershed Committee of the Ozarks

First Quarter Watershed Committee of the Ozarks’s newsletter is available!




Saturday August 13th 2022

This is the first ever Springfield Sailing Club Social and our WOW Regatta (Women on the Water) As a member of the Springfield Sailing Club you are able to join us for a day of racing, food and music here at the Fellows Lake dock. Drinks to be provided for free and we will have a food truck on site. Performers to be announced.

 

Visit @Springfield Sailing Club at Fellows Lake for more information, click HERE to join the Springfield Sailing Club.

 

First Sail

2 hour sailing experience with an instructor sailor, $100 for up to 3 guests. To learn more and register click HERE

 

Our rental boats are a hot item these days. We rent canoes, kayaks, three fishing boats, two pontoon boats, and now even sailboats!

 

For more information, visit the Fellows Lake web page.

 




Wire Road Brewing Native Plant Sale

September 10 & October 22 10am - 2pm Come shop native trees, shrubs, grasses, perennial, and aquatics at Wire Road’s Beer Garden.

 

GrowNative! Fall Plant Sale

Saturday, September 17th 10am-2pm at the Watershed Center at Valley Water Mill Park

 

Fellows Lake Plant Sale

Saturday, August 13th 10am-2pm WOW Regatta & Social Springfield Sailing Club

 

Color Sense- Paper Dyeing with Plants

Watershed Natives

Saturday, October 1st

Location: Watershed Center at Valley Water Mill Park

 

Remember to bring crates or containers to carry plants.

 

For more information or to register for Color Sense, Contact Christy@watershedcommittee.org

 

You can also visit the Watershed Natives web page.



EPA

FREE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE:  BROWNFIELDS AND LAND REVITALIZATION
 

EPA Announces $6.5 Billion in New Funding Available for Water Infrastructure Projects

EPA School Bus Program Summer Webinar Series, Submit your rebate application by August 19, 2022


MISSOURI ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (MEEA)

*Now is a good time to check out Missouri Environmental Education Association (MEEA).

MEEA AUGUST NEWSLETTER



ARBOR DAY FOUNDATION

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     In the book Now Is the Time for Trees, Arbor Day Foundation chief executive Dan Lambe shares his insights about the power and importance of tree planting.
     Equal parts inspiration and advocacy, this book is a rousing call for environmental action and a must-have book for nature lovers everywhere.

Order your copy today!  Use code BOOK10 for 10% Off  SHOP NOW


OZARKS GREENWAYS

Ozarks Greenways
 

MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION
Missouri Department of Conservation

History of the Missouri Department of Conservation You Tube presentation

 

CONSERVATION FEDERATION OF MISSOURI
Conservation Federation of Missouri

 

 CITY OF SPRINGFIELD

City Utilities Annual Report

*What's the Buzz About Pollinator Plots? Click here to find out!

*The new Springfield, Missouri 2022-23 Community Resource Guide is here


MISSOURI PRAIRIE FOUNDATION

*Webinars: Click here for more information.

 

VITAL FARMS Check out what's happening at Vital Farms.

 

JAMES RIVER BASIN PARTNERSHIP
James River Basin Partnership  

 

Our James River Float Series with 37 North Expeditions is back!  The James River and its tributaries have over 300 river miles from its headwaters in Webster County all the way to where it empties into Table Rock Lake. Floating the James was the gateway to Ozarks' recreation in the past and introduced many folks to our beautiful hills, wildlife, and waterways. Float one or all these sections of the James and learn more about our most precious cultural and natural resource – our local water.

 

We'll meet at Springfield Brewing Company at 8:00 am, shuttle to the put-in, enjoy a leisurely 4-5 float, and then shuttle back to SBC. All attendees will enjoy a complimentary Blue Canoe Pale Ale! Perfect for new and experienced floaters, plus anyone wanting to learn what makes the James River so special!


Saturday-Sunday, August 27-28: Hooten Town to H.L. Kerr Access (Overnight)
Saturday, September 24: H.L. Kerr to Galena

 

We'll See You On The River!
 




 

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The people of Southwest Missouri are known for their ability to work together to solve problems.  Communication is a critical component of those efforts. All advocacy work takes a toll on its warriors – we all need to celebrate our successes.

 

OzarksEnvironmentNews.com, created by Barbara Lucks, is a vehicle for both of these important components of a successful effort – communication and celebration.

Barbara Lucks grew up on a family owned and operated resort at the Lake of the Ozarks.  Her father built the resort in 1932, just as the Lake was filling. She grew up with a love and respect for everything outdoors and of nature.  Following graduation from Missouri State University, she stayed in Springfield and returned to a familiar pursuit – a career in corporate-level hotel management.  In 1994, she joined the City of Springfield as the Materials Recovery/Education Coordinator and was instrumental in positioning Springfield as a regional recycling hub.  She left the City in 2016, as the City’s first Sustainability Officer, to go into private consulting. She has an extensive resume – both professional and as a community volunteer leader.

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