The end of May means one thing to the young people of the Ozarks: it's when school is out and summer has begun. For many, summer vacation includes more time spent in local recreational waters like streams and rivers. However, water in these swimming areas can contain harmful bacteria and parasites from wastewater runoff. In order to prevent sickness, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department is partnering with the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks to monitor different stream and river locations for E. coli and coliform bacteria. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has details.
Last year, the state auditor’s office conducted a review of Springfield Public Schools (SPS) and made some recommendations on how to improve the school district. Superintendent Dr. Norm Ridder and the school board say they are addressing the findings. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has an update.