Boy with Tree
Boy with Tree

Photo Credit: Missouri Department of Conservation

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

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Summer Sunset
Summer Sunset

Photo Credit: Terry Whaley

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The mission of 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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Missouri Department of Natural Resources



Watershed Committee of the Ozarks

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


Save the Date

July 16, 2022 5pm-8pm

Save the date for the Watershed Summer Gala at beautiful Fellows Lake--the hottest party of the year!

Here are just a few highlights you can expect:


·  I love Tacos Taqueria and The Almighty Sando Shop Food trucks

·  Kona Ice of Springfield Shaved Ice

·  Red Wagon Soda and Lemonade

·  Pontoon Boat Rides leaving every 15-20 minutes, 5pm-7:30pm

·  Silent Auction and Whiskey Grab

·  Live Music by Steve Ames & Goat Milk Honey


Tuesdays, May 1 – June 30 10am-3pm the Watershed Natives nursery will be open for walk-in sales at our Ozarks Empire Fairgrounds location, enter through Gate 10.

For more information, visit the Watershed Natives web page.



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

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 7 - 11201 Renner Blvd., Lenexa, KS 66219
Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Nine Tribal Nations

Contact Information: EPA Press Office,

LENEXA, KAN. (JUNE 14, 2022) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the 2022 notices of funding availability for the agency’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program and the State Infrastructure Financing Authority WIFIA (SWIFIA) program. This year’s funding will provide up to $6.5 billion in total funding to support $13 billion in water infrastructure projects while creating more than 40,000 jobs.

“Water infrastructure provides the foundation for healthy and vibrant communities by delivering safe drinking water and returning our treated wastewater to the environment,” said EPA Assistant Administrator for Water Radhika Fox. “In too many communities, these essential pipes and pumps are decades old and need to be upgraded. That’s why EPA is providing $6.5 billion in low-cost financing through WIFIA and SWIFIA that can help revitalize our water systems while creating good paying jobs and delivering significant economic benefits, especially in underserved and overburdened communities.”

The notices of funding availability include $5.5 billion for the WIFIA program and an additional $1 billion for the SWIFIA program. This round of funding will prioritize funding in four areas:

  • Increasing investment in economically stressed communities.

  • Making rapid progress on lead service line replacement.

  • Addressing PFAS and emerging contaminants.

  • Supporting one water innovation and resilience.

By prioritizing investment in underserved communities, EPA is considering prospective WIFIA borrowers consistent with the goals of President Biden’s Justice40 initiative. This initiative intends to ensure that federal agencies deliver at least 40% of benefits from certain investments, including water and wastewater infrastructure, to underserved communities.

To make WIFIA funding more adaptive to ongoing community needs, EPA is changing the way it accepts letters of interest from prospective borrowers. Letters of interest may be submitted by prospective borrowers and received by EPA at any time on or after September 6, 2022. The submission period will close when all available funds are committed to prospective borrowers. A rolling selection process allows EPA to provide year-round access to WIFIA funding, quicker selection decisions to prospective borrowers, and technical assistance to prospective borrowers. Since letters of interest will be evaluated when they are received, EPA encourages submissions at the beginning of the availability period.

EPA’s WIFIA loan program is delivering the benefits of water infrastructure improvements nationwide. To date, EPA has closed 88 WIFIA loans that are providing over $15 billion in credit assistance to help finance nearly $33 billion for water infrastructure while creating nearly 100,000 jobs and saving ratepayers over $5 billion.

For more information about WIFIA and this funding announcement, visit:


Established by the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act of 2014, the WIFIA program is a federal loan and guarantee program at EPA that aims to accelerate investment in the nation’s water infrastructure by providing long-term, low-cost supplemental loans for regionally and nationally significant projects.

WIFIA credit assistance can be used for a wide range of projects, including:

  • Drinking water treatment and distribution projects.

  • Wastewater conveyance and treatment projects.

  • Nonpoint source pollution management program.

  • Management, reduction, treatment, or recapture of stormwater.

  • National estuary program projects.

  • Enhanced energy efficiency projects at drinking water and wastewater facilities.

  • Desalination, aquifer recharge, alternative water supply, and water recycling projects.

Drought prevention, reduction, or mitigation projects.

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


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


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Missouri Department of Conservation

Want to become a conservation agent? MDC taking applications in July for next agent training academy

Get more information on essential agent job duties, education requirements, experience and knowledge needed, required skills and abilities, physical abilities required, pay and benefits, how to apply, conditions of employment, and more online at

Forestry:  The Stump Newsletter, current and past issues are available at:

*We Need Snails! The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is asking for help from citizen scientists (that's you!) to assist in collecting snails from your stream. This effort will help develop future water quality standards and will also be used to map the distribution of Missouri snails.

Stream Team Water Quality Monitors of any training level can help with this effort. All you need to do to participate is collect snails from a stream and place them in a vial with preservative. MDC staff will identify the snails in a lab, so all you need to do is collect and submit to us! click here


Conservation Federation of Missouri



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


*Webinars: Click here for more information.


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


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!

Sunday, July 10: Tailwaters to Rivercut Golf Course
Sunday, July 24: Rivercut to Delaware Town Access
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!

**Save the Date!**
Mo. Recycling Association 2022 Conference

October 10-12, 2022
Stoney Creek Inn - Independence, MO!
Call for Presentations: 
To have your presentation considered, please be sure to submit it  to Lisa McDaniel ( and Lydia Gibson ( no later than MAY 31, 2022.


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., 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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