Environmental Services Program
24-hour Environmental Emergency Response Hotline 573-634-2436
As part of the Division of Environmental Quality, the Environmental Services Program supports the other programs in the department that need accurate scientific data for their work. To obtain these data, the Environmental Services Program performs field work, conducts monitoring, collects samples and provides laboratory testing for environmental pollutants. The Environmental Emergency Response Section is the department's front line of defense against significant and imminent hazardous substance releases, natural or man-made disasters, or homeland security threats that impact public safety and the environment.
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The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is celebrating 40 years of taking care of Missouri’s natural resources. As part of the Division of Environmental Quality, the Environmental Services Program supports the other programs in the department that require scientific data for their work. Looking Back is a glimpse at a few of the programs managed by the Environmental Services Program.
According to the National Weather Service, heat waves have caused more deaths, on average, in the last 10 years than any other weather hazard, including tornadoes, hurricanes and flooding
To beat the heat:
- Hydrate whether you are thirsty or not.
- Educate yourself about the heat index forecasts, warning signs of heat illness.
- Act quickly when a heat illness is suspected.
- Take it easy when temperatures hit 85 degrees or heat index hits 90 degrees.
Breathe easy this summer with some cool tips
Ozone season began April 1 and ends Oct. 31. Simple everyday steps can help reduce the emission of harmful pollutants that are derived from vehicles and coal-fired power plants that produce our energy. These emissions contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone.
Ozone-reducing activities include:
- Keep tires properly inflated.
- Use mass transit, carpool, bike or walk.
- Do not top off gas tanks. Stop at the first click.
- Do not use gas-powered lawn equipment on hot, sunny days with little or no wind. Consider waiting until early evening to mow your lawn.
- Conserve energy by turning off lights and appliances when leaving a room to reduce emissions from power plants. Purchase Energy Star® appliances.
- Set goals to reduce utility bills by two percent. This can save money and protect air quality.
Statewide Network Of Air Monitoring Sites
Staff in the air quality monitoring section operate a variety of instruments at many locations around the state as part of a network to monitor air pollutants known to affect people's health. In addition, staff conduct special air quality studies.
The data from air instruments may be used to determine whether an area meets the National Ambient Air Quality Standards, whether the public is being exposed to unhealthy conditions, to identify air pollution trends, to investigate citizen complaints and to determine the source of air pollution problems.
Air Pollution Web Cameras
Missouri Air Quality Conditions and Forecast
Check your air quality before you go out.
Schedule outdoor activities and yard work in the mornings, particularly if AQI is forecasted to reach orange or red levels.
The Missouri Environmental Emergency Response Search allows users to search the Environmental Emergency Response incident reports by county, date reported, or incident cause (leaking underground storage tank, vehicular accident, etc.).
- Report an Environmental Concern.
- Emergency Guidance for Hazardous Materials and Hazardous Waste, Fact Sheet--PUB1249 (03/06)
- Environmental Emergency Response Photo Gallery.
- Missouri Pesticide Collection Program.
- East Fork Locust Creek/Locust Creek E. coli Study.
- Lake of the Ozarks E.coli Study.
- Biological Assessments.
- Joplin Tornado Environmental Emergency Response - (05/11)
- Preparing Storage Tanks in Flood Zones - (05/11)
- Environmental Emergency Response - Protecting Missouri 24 Hours a Day (02/10)
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