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July 17, 2013

Carthage rain garden installed; septic help available

CARTHAGE, Mo. — A rain garden is up and growing in Kellogg Lake Park  to give area residents an idea about how one might work on their property.

The demonstration rain garden, built just west of the lake, the park, was funded in part by a state grant aimed at improving water quality in the Spring River watershed.

Another grant-funded program that started several months ago has helped improve the operation of more than 20 septic tanks in the watershed and more money is available to  help landowners with septic tank maintenance, according to Tony Moehr, director of the Jasper County Health Department.

State funds were allocated for the watershed after the  Missouri Department of Natural Resources designated segments of Spring River as impaired because of high levels of bacteria in the water.

A rain garden is a garden of native shrubs, perennials and flowers planted in a small depression which is generally formed on a nature slope. The terrain is designed to temporarily hold and soak in rain water runoff that flows from roofs, driveways, patios or lawns. Rain gardens remove nutrients and contaminants from the runoff ,

County officials in April announced that grant funds are available to pay half the costs for homeowners in the watershed to pump out their septic tanks or to repair or replace faulty systems. So far, the program has helped pump 18 septic tanks and replaced four others. Several more applications have been filed and more help is available, Moehr said.

A map showing the watershed area where the grant funding will be available is on the health department’s website, http://health.jaspercounty.org. Information is available by calling the health department at 358-0481.

 

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