Hazardous Waste Program
Natural Resource Damage Assessment
In 1998, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources established a Natural Resource Damages, or NRD, program within the Superfund Section of the Hazardous Waste Program. The thought behind Natural Resource Damages is a state’s public lands, waters and living resources are held in “trust” for the benefit of the citizens of the state. Citizens have the right to use and enjoy natural resources and states have the duty and responsibility to protect these resources. The department’s Natural Resource Damages program, based primarily upon authority vested in the federal Superfund law, is charged with assessing injuries to and restoring public natural resources that have been injured by environmental hazards such as oil discharges and hazardous substances releases.
The director of the Department of Natural Resources is designated by the governor as the state natural resource trustee. In addition to state trustees, there are five federal trustees including the secretaries of the departments of Defense, Energy, Commerce, Interior and Agriculture. American Indian tribes are also designated trustees, but there are no state or federally recognized tribes within Missouri. Natural resource trustees are tasked with determining the type and extent of injuries to natural resources and with restoring injured natural resources for public use.
For more information about the Natural Resource Damages program, please contact Tim Rielly, Restoration and Assessment Manager, at 573-526-3353, or by email.
Release of the Eagle Picher Request for Proposal
The Springfield Plateau Regional Restoration Plan has now been finalized and published in the Federal Register. This is a document written by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to guide the process of restoring natural resources injured by the release of hazardous substances. With the plan finalized, we are now able to advertise the first request for proposals for restoration projects within the Tri-State Mining District. The first funds ($235,000) to be sent out are related to injuries to migratory birds and endangered species resulting from Eagle Picher mining and smelting activities around Joplin. Priority will be given to projects that improve or protect riparian migratory bird habitat.
The request for proposal, the scoring matrix, a map of the Eagle Picher site, and a map of the Springfield Plateau Regional Restoration Plan RFP Priority Boundaries are available on the web sites of both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the department, as well as the Facebook page Springfield Plateau Restoration:
The deadline for applications was 5 p.m. CST on Sept. 21 , 2012.
New Natural Resource Damages Documents
- Statement of Work - Spatial distribution, geochemistry and storage of mining sediment in channel and floodplain deposits of streams draining the Viburnum Trend Mining Distict of Southeast Missouri, USA. July 16, 2012. Prepared by Dr. Robert T. Pavolwsky, Ph.D., Principle Investigator, Ozarks Environmental and Water Resources Instiute, Missouri State University.
- DRAFT Sampling and Analysis Plan for the Viburnum Trend Lead Mining District Transition Zone Assessment Study --Prepared by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, July, 2012. The comment period for this document runs until August 24, 2012. Comments can be submitted to: Tim Rielly, Restoration and Assessment Manager, at the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176
or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Natural Resource Damages Sampling and Analysis Report - Sediment and Surface Water Sampling of the Virbunum Trend Lead Mining Sites in Iron, Crawford, Washington, Reynolds, Shannon and Dent Counties on Aug. 29, 30 and 31, 2011 -- Prepared by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Feb. 2012.
- Springfield Plateau Regional Restoration Plan Information Sheet -- Prepared by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Jan. 24, 2012.
Regional Restoration Plans
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service invited the public to review this document. Written comments were encouraged and had to be postmarked no later than Feb. 24, 2012. Comments and questions about the plan or copies of the plan can be requested from:
|Tim Rielly, Restoration and Assessment Manager||Scott Hamilton, Restoration Coordinator|
|Missouri Department of Natural Resources||U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service|
|P.O. Box 176||101 Park DeVille Dr. Suite A|
|Jefferson City, Missouri 65102-0176||Columbia, MO 65203|
- Finalized Springfield Plateau Regional Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment. U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. (05/12)
- Springfield Plateau Regional Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment Appendices. U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. (05/12)
- Springfield Plateau Regional Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment Finding of No Significant Impact
Natural Resource Damages Agreements and Quality Assurance Project Plan
- Statewide Memorandum of Understanding.
- Addendum to Statewide Memorandum 2009.
- Memorandum of Agreement Between the Department and Department of Conservation.
- Designation of lead administrative trustee for the Southeast Missouri Lead Mining District.
- Tri-State Mining District Partnership Agreement.
- Quality Assurance Project Plan for Natural Resources Damages
Jasper County and Newton County Mine Tailings Superfund Sites
- Final Jasper-Newton Counties Damage Assessment Plan.
- Appendix B - Effects of Lead-Zinc Mining on Crayfish Density in the Spring River Watershed.
- Appendix B - Migratory Bird Injury Confirmation.
- Appendix C - Responsive Summary.
- Jasper/Newton Damage Assessment Plan Information Sheet.
- Columbia Environmental Research Center Crayfish Study Plan.
- Field Sampling Plan and General Quality Assurance Project Plan for a Pilot Study to Assess Volume of Mine Waste and Concentration of Selected Metals in Stream and Floodplain Sediment Within the Tri-State Mining District in Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma, U.S. Geological Survey. Revised Draft Sept. 24, 2010.
- Jasper County Pre-assessment.
- Jasper County Notice of Intent.
- Newton County Pre-assessment Screen.
- Newton County Notice of Intent.
- Adverse Health Effects in Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) Associated with Waste from Zinc and Lead Mines in the Tri-State Mining District
Southeast Missouri Lead Mining District
- The Distribution of Heavy Metals in Known and Potential Hine's Emerald Dragonfly (Somatachlora hineana) Habitat Near the Viburnum Trend Mining District of Southeast, Missoui, USA. (Jan. 2012) Prepared by J.S. Weber, U.S. Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service. (Posted 1/6/12)
- Environmental Implications of Phosphate-Based Amendments in Heavy Metal Contaminated Alluvial Soils of the Big River, Southeast Missouri, USA. (2011) Prepared by John Weber, U.S. Department of Interior, Fish & Wildlife Service; Dr. Keith W. Goyne, University of Missouri; Dr. Todd Luxton, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Dr. Allen Thompson, Biological Engineering; Dr. John Yang, Lincoln University. (Posted 12/19/11)
- Sampling and Analysis Plan for Sediment and Surface Water Sampling of the Viburnum Trend Lead Mining Sites
The department will be accepting comments on the sampling and analysis plan until Aug. 22, 2011. Read the public notice for more information on how to submit comments.
- Heavy Metal Effects on Growth and Survival of Native Floodplain Species
- Channel Instability and Sediment Contamination Risk to Lower Big River Mussel Beds, Robert T. Pavlowsky, Ozarks Environmental and Water Resources Institute, Missouri State University. Oct. 7, 2010.
- Southeast Missouri Lead Mining District Damage Assessment Plan.
- Appendix A - Threatened and Endangered Species.
- Appendix B - Migratory Birds.
- Addendum 1.
- Sediment Sampling and Mussel Survey.
- Crayfish density study plan.
- Migratory Bird Study Plan.
- Native Floristic Quality Study Plan.
- Riffle Fish Density Study Plan.
- Toxicity of Metal Contaminated Sediments Study Plan.
- Southeast Missouri Notice of Intent.
- Sediment Toxicity Report (Besser et al. 2009).
- Big River Sediment Assessment Project.
- Assessment of Freshwater Mussel Populations and Heavy Metal Sediment Contamination in the Big River.
- Big River Long-Term Monitoring Methods.
- Big River Mine Pre-assessment Screen.
- Viburnum Trend Pre-assessment Screen (Sweetwater et al.).
- Notice of Intent - Attachment A.
- Notice of Intent - Attachment B.
- Notice of Intent - Attachment C.
- Viburnum Trend Pre-Assessment Screen (Fletcher et al.).
- Effects of Lead-Zinc Mining on Benthic Fish Density in Riffles of the Big River.
- Effects of Mining Derived Metals on Crayfish in the Big River.
- Effects of Mining Derived Metals Contamination on Native Floristic Quality
- The Effect of Growing Native and Exotic Missouri Legumes in Mining Waste from the Tri-State Region and the Old Lead Belt of Missouri.
- Response to Comments on the Phase I Assessment Plan
- Viburnum Trend Water and Sediment Sampling - Hine's Emerald Dragonfly Survey
- Big River Borrow Pit Monitoring Project
- Distribution, Geochemistry, and Storage of Mining Sediments in Channel and Floodplain Deposits of the Big River System in St. Francois, Washington, and Jefferson Counties, Missouri Final Report
- Big River Barriers Report