Bennett Spring Stream Team 5462 will meet at 1 p.m. Aug. 17 to discuss the water quality of the Bennett Spring.

All are welcome to come to the nature center at Bennett Spring State Park for a short water quality lesson followed by a hands-on activity around the Bennett Spring.  

Clean, safe, usable water is essential to all life. Pollution can contribute to degrading water quality. Protecting and ensuring the health of watersheds is everyone’s responsibility. It takes a collaborative network of dedicated residents all working together to understand and raise awareness about water issues to ensure water quality.

Bennett Spring Stream Team performed water quality and invertebrate testing and found that Bennett Spring is of the highest quality springs in Missouri. The team found sensitive organisms, such as caddisfly, hellgrammites, mayfly nymphs, gilled snails, riffle beetles and water penny, which require good water quality to survive.

Missouri has 110,000 miles of streams that provide recreation and drinking water. The Bennett Spring releases more than a 100 million gallons of water a day into the Niangua River. For those who are interested in learning more about the invertebrates, wildlife or water quality, or who simply just want to exercise, join park staff at the nature center.

A future stream team meeting is scheduled for Sept. 21.

Bennett Spring State Park is at 26250 Highway 64A in Lebanon. For more information about the event, call the nature center at (417) 532-3925.

For more information about Missouri state parks and historical sites, go to Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

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