The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Local News

July 17, 2013

Projects aim to improve Spring River

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 in 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. Health department officials and others are working on a watershed management plan aimed at reducing those problems, Moehr said.

The county got permission from Carthage to develop the rain garden in the city park so that visitors there could see the garden and how it works.

A rain garden is a garden of native shrubs, perennials and flowers planted in a small depression which is generally formed on a natural 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 and will allow more water to soak into the ground.

According to estimates from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, pollutants carried by rainwater, such as dirt, fertilizer, oil and garbage entering storm drains untreated, account for 70 percent of all water pollution.

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. Moehr said several more applications have been filed.

“But we have more money available for that program and we really hope more people will apply for it,” he said. “Pumping your septic tank is an important part of maintenance and this will pay for half the costs and extend the life of their system.”

In other efforts to protect the watershed, Moehr said planners are working with Kansas State University to develop best management practices in agriculture. They also are looking at a program to identify storm drains and remind people that water flowing into storm drains ends up in a stream or river.

“We also talked to kids about water runoff during the Kids Fishing Day at Kellogg Park,” he added.

All the projects to be launched with grant funds will be voluntary, planners have said.

Information

A map showing the watershed area where grant funding is available is on the Jasper County Health Department’s website, http://health.jaspercounty.org. Information is available by call 417-358-0481.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Last two safe room projects up for Joplin School Board approval

    The Joplin Board of Education during its meeting tonight will consider more than $2.4 million in bid packages for safe rooms at Columbia and West Central elementary schools.

    April 20, 2014

  • AndraBryanStefanoni.jpg Andra Bryan Stefanoni: Mosaic pieces together purpose

    Today I want to tell you about a man named John — a man I never knew existed until last week. And yet he’s making a difference in my community. He is an individual served by Mosaic of Southeast Kansas, which also, I learned, is making a difference.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • 042017 Jo Ellis_c.jpg Jo Ellis: Carthage Historic Preservation to re-create trolley era

    Recapturing history is difficult, but recapturing history without a building, an artifact or a singular focal point is even harder. To celebrate National Historic Preservation Month, Carthage Historic Preservation wants to recapture an era and an experience that have been gone from the city for almost 80 years: the era of the trolley (or tram) cars that provided public transportation.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • SusanRedden.jpg Susan Redden: Candidates for associate judge address GOP group

    The response was all but unanimous among four candidates seeking two Jasper County associate circuit judge positions. Asked to cite the biggest obstacle to justice in Jasper County, three of the four said the most prevalent challenge is getting the needed time on a busy court docket.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Money to area lawmakers slows down but doesn’t stop

    With the Legislature back in session, the flow of campaign cash to local candidates has slowed. But in this election year, the money did not completely stop. All members of the local delegation to the Missouri General Assembly are on the ballot this year, but only two lawmakers are facing opposition.

    April 20, 2014

  • Joplin City Council to hear baseball plan details

    Proposed redevelopment plans for Joe Becker Stadium will be discussed with the Joplin City Council in a work session at the end of its regular meeting tonight. The WLD Suarez partnership has obtained a franchise of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball that succeeds the El Paso (Texas) Diablos.

    April 20, 2014

  • 041814 EPA projects5_72.jpg Contaminated mine tailings could be used on west bypass

    About 500 acres of former mining land at Wildwood Ranch have been reclaimed by contractors working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. More than 1 million cubic yards of contaminated mine tailings in the form of chat and waste rock have been consolidated in a surface repository that someday could be part of the roadbed for a limited-access highway that transportation planners hope to build on the west side of Joplin.

    April 20, 2014 4 Photos

  • 041914 Wedding1_72.jpg VIDEO: Cancer patient walks down aisle in wedding thrown by friends

    A year ago, Schandera Jordan was diagnosed with a rare form cervical cancer. And months after a radical hysterectomy, doctors confirmed the worst: The cancer had spread to her lungs and pancreas.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0420earthday.jpg Prairie State Park kicks off Earth Day events

    Prairie State Park began celebrating Earth Day early with an event Saturday that provided a chance for people of all ages to learn more about how they can protect the environment.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • r041614giregabby.jpg SLIDE SHOW: Teen with cystic fibrosis finds widespread support

    When the Nevada Show Choir performs its spring show on stage, it’s impossible to pick out the student with cystic fibrosis because there are no outward clues.
    Gabby Gire, 18, is just another performer. She sings, she dances, she smiles for the audience.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo 1 Slideshow

Must Read
Sports
Photos


Facebook
Poll

The United States is considering deploying about 150 soldiers for military exercises to begin in Poland and Estonia in the next few weeks, following Russia's buildup of forces near its border with Ukraine. Do you think we should deploy these troops?

Yes
No
     View Results
Opinion
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter