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South Creek Maintenance

Greater Ozarks Audubon began the South Creek project in 1999 as a demonstration of alternative stormwater diversion. Most sections of South Creek, which parallels Sunset beginning at Fremont, had been paved to serve as stormwater conduits. The fate of this small remaining oasis of green between National and Campbell, that still attracts migrant and resident birds and a variety of other wildlife year around is still not known. However, GOAS has a strong commitment to partner with multiple entities to explore alternatives to cement. Kay Johnson has organized and led over 500 volunteers with ages ranging between seven and 85, logging over 3000 hours on work days at South Creek. Volunteers have come from GOAS, four school and three church groups, Ozark Greenways, citizens from the neighborhood, and boy scouts.

Most work up to mid-2005 has centered upon removal of non-native plant species growing in and along the creek corridor, routine mowing, and clean-up of trash and debris in the creek. The spring-fed creek was choked with willows and trash bags filled with yard waste when work began. Today, the creek meanders in a natural park-like setting, between masses of wildflowers, and small stands of native forbes. GOAS is partnering with City of Springfield Public Works, Springfield-Greene County Parks Department, Ozarks Greenways, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC).

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