Help make a difference and protect Missouri's natural resources
Gaylord A. Nelson, a former governor and U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, created the first Earth Day back on April 22, 1970 as a method to increase environmental awareness. Senator Nelson’s became an environmental leader who helped build the foundation for several environmental laws such as the Environmental Protection Act and the Clean Air Act, which began in 1970, and the Clean Water Act, which began in 1972.
Two years later in 1974, the people in our state recognized how important it was to protect and preserve our part of the world, and that's when the Missouri Department of Natural Resources was created.The department helps energy efficiency, helps develop mineral resources in an environmentally safe manner, protects Missouri's land, air and water resources and works to preserve the state's historic and natural heritage through state parks and state historic sites.We believe it is important work.
- We are reducing pollution in the air so we can all take a deep breath in the St. Louis area as well as all areas of the state.
- We want to reduce pollution in our rivers, lakes and streams so you can swim in them, fish in them and enjoy them for the rest of your lives.
- We’re making sure you always have clean water to drink.
- We’re also protecting our prairies, wetlands and forests.
- Missouri boasts some of the most spectacular natural resources in our Missouri State Parks. With more than 200,000 acres in 87 state parks and historic sites, the Department of Natural Resources preserves all different kinds of landscapes and habitats including forests, woodlands, savannas, prairies and glades.
- We also protect wetlands and aquatic habitats such as rivers and streams.
The remarkable success of Earth Day grew from the seed Senator Nelson planted back in 1970 and has continued to grow and flourish to this day. We’ve come a long way since we celebrated the first Earth Day and we continue to learn how to improve environmental protection using new technologies and through better understanding. Protecting our environment is no small task. We need your help. We've included below some additional information and resources to learn about the environment and how you can help us protect it for future generations.
Learn more about how you can help
- At Your Service - a phone directory of the department's services.
- Air Quality
- Cost-Share Assistance for Farmers and Landowners.
- Composting - learn how to build a compost bin or worm composting bin.
- Drinking Water - learn more about Missouri's drinking water.
- E-cycle Missouri - e-cycle your unwanted electronic waste.
- Farm - Conservation Practices to Improve your Farm.
- Environmental Inquiry/Questions/Concerns - report illegal dumping or other environmental concerns to the department.
- Fluorescent Bulbs - learn more about properly disposing of your bulbs.
- Green Tips for Every Occasion - tips to keep your entire year environmentally friendly.
- Lead - learn more about lead in Missouri.
- Mercury - learn more about mercury in Missouri.
- Missouri Pesticide Roundup Program - drop off your unwanted pesticides at a collection site for free.
- Missouri Resources magazine - learn more about Missouri's environment. Sign up to receive the magazine, free.
- Natural Disasters - publications to assist following a natural disaster.
- Newsletters - receive updates from the department.
- Ozone - reduce ozone pollution.
- Public Notices for Public Comment.
- Reduce, Reuse and Recycle - reduce the amount of trash going in to our landfills and repurpose unwanted items.
- Sinkholes - learn more about sinkholes in Missouri.
- Tire Dump Roundup - learn how to dispose of tires.
- Water Conservation - tips to reduce water usage.
- Water Quality - learn more about water quality in Missouri.
- Water Wells - learn more about wellhead protection
- What you Should Know Before You Build - a buyer's and developers Guide to Environmental Regulations.