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Watershed Committee to dedicate $1.2M education facility

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The Watershed Committee of the Ozarks has scheduled a dedication ceremony July 22 for the $1.2 million C.W. Titus Education Facility, located at the Watershed Center at Valley Water Mill Park, 4007 N. FR 171.

The education facility contains offices for water educators and public meeting spaces, and is expected to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environment Design Gold certification, according to a news release.

Fifty private donors contributed at least $1,000 apiece toward the completion of the C.W. Titus Education Facility. Both donors and primary partners of the Watershed Center - including officials of the city of Springfield and Greene County, City Utilities and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board - will be recognized at the ceremony.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. July 22, followed by a 9 a.m.-2 p.m. open house the next day.

The 124-acre Valley Water Mill Park includes natural features such as wetlands, streams, caves, sinkholes and springs. Demonstrations at the park include showcasing a pervious concrete parking lot, rain gardens and a rainwater collection cistern, among other features.

Watershed Committee members hope to expand the park's features with the introduction of the C.W. Titus Education Facility, which will allow for clean water demonstrations and other educational opportunities, the release said.[[In-content Ad]]

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