Wednesday, July 30, 2014

This project is part of Show-Me Yards & Neighborhoods an educational program from the City of Columbia Stormwater Utility - designed to raise awareness about the role urban stormwater runoff plays in the water quality of nearby streams, creeks, rivers, and lakes.

In the course of two years we plan to cultivate, plant, and harvest 4 crop rotations in total – two of sunflowers and two of winter wheat - with the goal of improving the heavy clay soil on site. Our hope is to improve the soil’s drainage rate for stormwater runoff.

SMY&N offers environmentally responsible alternatives to traditional lawn care and household practices that contribute to the runoff of contaminants and excess nutrients.

Half of All Stormwater Pollution Comes From Residential Property

 - Nearly 70% of the pollution in our surface waters gets there through stormwater runoff, according to studies by the Environmental Protection Agency.

- About 50% of that pollution is chemical pollution from products we use for yard care, household activities, and from our yard waste.

Learn more here about the SMY&N program:

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Missouri River Relief hosted a very special summer camp for students aged 14-18 this week. Called Meet the "Big Muddy" - Missouri River Academy - part of the "Summers @ Mizzou" summer camp hosted by MU Extension and the 4-H Center for Youth Development. It was an amazing week of events and activities and the City, County and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service were proud to be a part of the summer camp.

Camper's from Meet the "Big Muddy" toured the City of Columbia’s Stormwater BMP site at the city owned Grissum Building (part of the 319 Grant from the EPA) and the 3M Wetlands. The tours were lead by city, county staff members and Chris Woodson from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Camper's learned how the City, County and MU are working together and with other agencies to improve stormwater quality and protect our local creeks and streams here in Columbia, MO.