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The Water Quality Coordinating Committee is an informal interagency and public committee dealing with water quality issues. Representatives of nonprofit organizations, universities and colleges, cities and businesses, as well as state, federal and local agencies, regularly attend committee meetings. It is informal in that the committee has no statutory or regulatory foundation. It exists through and for the participants, and conversely depends upon the willing participation of each to continue to be an effective organization. Each agency or group brings to the committee issues, information or requests that are related to water quality, and each continues to exercise its statutory responsibilities as it deems necessary.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources originally convened the Water Quality Coordinating Committee to deal with animal waste issues, specifically, poultry in southwest Missouri. The committee's activities were, and continue to be, organized through the department's Water Protection Program. As a forum for discussion among agencies on that issue, it was readily apparent that the information exchange and coordination opportunities afforded by the committee were valuable far beyond that original issue, and the committee's scope expanded as needed. A sampling of issues brought before the committee includes ground water protection, the Missouri River master manual, water quality data collection and management, nonpoint source issues, water quality standards, flood response activities, pesticides, septic tanks, environmental education, sand and gravel mining and drinking water protection.

The committee meetings are open to the public and the committee has also been available for members of the public to address the agencies on specific water quality concerns. Speakers have included, among others, the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks, Missouri River Communities Network, Novartis, Monsanto and the Scenic Riverways Watershed Partnerships. The committee may also assist in the coordination and implementation of watershed protection strategies.

Committee meetings are scheduled for 10 a.m. on the third Tuesday every other month (odd numbered months) in Jefferson City. Items for the agenda should be referred to Darlene Schaben, Water Protection Program, Water Pollution Branch, Missouri Department of Natural Resources at 573-751-7428, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102.


Jan. 20, 2015
10 a.m.
Lewis and Clark State Office Building
1101 Riverside Dr.
Jefferson City

2015 Upcoming meetings
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources instituted a realignment that included 319 Nonpoint Source Program staffing changes. The WQCC meetings will resume at a later date.

A listing of all department events and meetings along with the dates, times and locations is available on the online calendar.

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