The Missouri Stream Team Watershed Coalition is excited to have new efforts on the waterways of the Western Ozarks.

Pineville, Mo., tree planting with Tyson Foods volunteers.

Pineville, Mo., tree planting with Tyson Foods volunteers.

We would like to extend a warm welcome to The Nature Conservancy and Drew Holt, who is heading up efforts with a diverse set of stakeholders throughout the Western Ozarks to combat some of the biggest problems facing Ozark rivers and streams — too much sediment and excessive nutrients — that reduce water quality and harm aquatic life.

The Western Ozark Waters Initiative kicked off last year with start-up funding from Tyson Foods, Inc. Tyson Foods presented the Conservancy with $500,000 to conserve water quality in northwest Arkansas and southwest Missouri.

“The Conservancy is just getting in the game in southwest Missouri, so we want to find out what’s working, what isn’t, and how we can engage with other people and groups to make the most of the resources we bring to the table,” said Holt.

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