Call them “forgotten infrastructure.” For most folks, septic tanks are the last thing on their mind; until something goes wrong.
sIn the Ozarks, the fragile connection between ground and surface water through our karst topography make it important that homeowners are proactive with septic system maintenance.
In 2022, The James River Basin Partnership, Watershed Committee of the Ozarks, Missouri Smallflows Organization, and H2Ozarks applied for a grant from American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) received by Greene County to develop and implement the replacement of failing septic systems.
ARPA placed priorities on social equity through assistance to low-income families, as well as environmental protection programs. Both goals would be incorporated into the septic remediation project.