Gov. Nixon announced Boone County received a $100,720 grant to continue water quality efforts in Hinkson Creek in Columbia

For more information: 573-751-1010
Volume 37-170 For Immediate Release: June 25, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., –Gov. Jay Nixon announced the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded an additional $100,720 to the Boone County Commission for work on the second phase of the Hinkson Creek Watershed Restoration Project. The additional funds bring the total grant funding to $401,604. During tough economic times, this infusion of grant funding will help the county protect its citizens and the environment by improving water quality in Hinkson Creek, which runs through Columbia.

The Boone County Commission will use the grant to continue the efforts of the Hinkson Creek Project by addressing development-related erosion, effects of impervious surfaces on water quality, degradation of stream banks and also hold events to inform the watershed residents about the importance of maintaining healthy watersheds.

During the second phase of the Hinkson Creek Watershed Restoration, efforts will focus on reducing peak storm flow by providing incentives for using low impact development techniques on new and existing developments. A project steering committee will provide technical assistance and a stakeholder committee will prioritize and direct implementation efforts developed in the watershed management plan. A feasibility study will be developed to provide cost-estimates for using best management practices in the target area. The county anticipates completing at least four Stormwater retrofits by using best management practices in this project. The county expects completing the project by May 31, 2011. Data on the efficiency of using best management practices will be collected to determine improvements in water quality.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 7, through the Department of Natural Resources, has provided funding for these projects under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act. The Department's Water Protection Program will administer the grant funds. The Department is committed to working closely with communities and businesses to assist with funding efforts that improve water quality in Missouri.

For more information, contact the department's Water Protection Program at P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102 or call 800-361-4827 or 573-751-1300.