Southwest Missouri is home to the oldest operating federal fish hatchery in the United States - the Neosho National Fish Hatchery.
Joplin, Missouri is home to Missouri Department of Conservation's Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center, connecting citizens to information about Missouri's fish, forests and wildlife.
County Soil and Water Conservation Districts have programs supporting landowner conservation and best management practices.
Teachers at Neosho High School will participate in water quality testing and monitoring along Shoal Creek with their students.
The Harry S. Truman Coordinating Council in Joplin is partnering with the Shoal Creek Initiative to engage business leaders in addressing watershed concerns.
The Nature Conservancy, a Shoal Creek Consortium partner, works to protect watersheds around the country. Learn more about their efforts here.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service Partners Program in Missouri assists private landowners in improving fish and wildlife habitat on their land.
The Missouri Prairie Foundation is engaged in the acquisition and restoration of native prairie remnants within the Springfield Plateau, which includes Shoal Creek.
Shoal Creek Watershed is part of the Mississippi River Basin and what we do here affects water quality and public far health downstream. The hypoxic zone in the Gulf of Mexico results from agricultural and urban nutrient runoff. In 2021, it covered 6,334 square miles - more than 10 times the area of Newton County.