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It may look like Christmas in August in Northeast Springfield tomorrow. Dye testing is being done in that part of town. KSMU's Michele Skalicky has more.
Tomorrow, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Transportation and Springfield Underground, will conduct groundwater testing in Springfield. MODOT spokesperson Angela Eden says it's an annual test to see where the groundwater's going along Highway 65 and the Kearney Street area.
"Just so we know how the groundwater is going through the ground and if there's anything that we need to differently with our ditches and what have you to more efficiently move groundwater."
Don't be alarmed if you see red water in ditches along Highway 65 between Division and Kearney and if you notice that the water in the Springfield Underground detention pond along 65 south of Kearney has changed color.
"That's the dye that's being put into the grounwater. The dye, according to DNR, is environmentally-friendly, and it will not harm the groundwater. Now, they're putting a different color dye into a detention pond, which is actually on private property along the northbound lanes of Highway 65, and that will be green."
Eden says the dyes are expected to dissipate in 2 to 3 days. For KSMU News, I'm Michele Skalicky.