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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Demolition of the parking lot at the City Government Plaza will begin Thursday, Sept. 25 as part of a grant-funded project to demonstrate ways of managing stormwater that reduce the amount of runoff and pollution that reaches our streams.
The project will include pervious pavement, rain gardens and a bioswale that allow rainwater to soak into the ground and be used and naturally filtered by soil, plants and trees. Construction will occur in two phases.
Phase 1 will include construction of the existing public parking lot and Phase 2 will include construction of the existing employee parking lot. During Phase 1, public parking will be located in the existing employee parking lot, just south of the public lot. Signage will be provided to direct the public to available parking.
Upon completion of Phase 1, public parking will return to the existing public lot and construction of Phase 2 will begin. Handicap parking will be available throughout all phases of construction. Completion of the project is anticipated by the end of the year. The project is a partnership of Watershed Committee of the Ozarks and the City of Springfield as part of the Springfield-Greene County Urban Watershed Stewardship Project Grant (nicknamed Big Urbie).
This is one of many projects funded by the Big Urbie grant, a $1.1 million federal grant awarded to Watershed Committee of the Ozarks in 2011 by U.S. EPA Region 7 through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources under section 319 of the Clean Water Act. The required 40% match is being provided through in-kind staff time from the City and grant partners, and City matching funds from the 2006 Parks/Waterways Sales Tax dedicated for lake, waterway and stream improvements.
For more information, contact: Carrie Lamb, City of Springfield Environmental Services Water Quality Coordinator, 417-864-1996; or Stacey Armstrong, Watershed Committee of the Ozarks Projects Manager, 417-866-1127.