Preserve the Upper James

In 2022, James River Basin Partnership officially closed the book on our Wilsons’ Creek 319 Nonpoint Source (NPS) Grant project, which focused on the largely urban Wilson’s Creek sub-watershed in southwestern Greene County.

The Wilson’s Creek implantation project ran from 2017 to 2022, and included tree planting, streambank stabilization and restoration along Wilson’s and Fassnight Creek, as well as numerous outreach and education programs to residents.

Here are three photos from last weekend’s Earth Day cleanup at Lake Springfield that had over 118 volunteers. That event is now part of the Upper James 319 Grant’s efforts to reduce pollution in the Upper James River sub-watershed.

Over the past year, we have been preparing a new 319 Implementation Grant for the Upper James sub-watershed, from Lake Springfield Dam to the headwaters of the James in Greene and Webster counties.

The 319 Grant funds are awarded by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to address NPS pollution through remediation and protection projects.

Todd Wilkinson

The James is a primary source of public drinking water for Springfield. The Blackman water intake is located on the James, just downstream of its confluence with Pearson Creek.  

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