Missouri Department of Natural Resources meets with Arkansas Environmental Officials to discuss water quality and quantity

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Volume 37-276 For Immediate Release: Aug. 21, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. -- Missouri environmental officials discussed water issues with their counterparts from Arkansas on Thursday in the first meeting under a bi-state agreement signed by the states' governors last year.

Representatives from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, and the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission met in Rogers to exchange information about water quality and water quantity concerns for both states.

The agencies moved forward with plans to issue a report on the two states' shared water resources next year. The report is due to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe by Jan. 31, 2010.

"We have outstanding natural resources in Missouri and Arkansas," said Mark N. Templeton, Director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.  "We look forward to working together to preserve and protect these resources."

The governors' agreement is intended to promote cooperation between the states in a region where high-quality waters are both economically and environmentally important. Under the agreement, which was signed in November 2008, the states committed to protecting the area's abundant water supply as the region's population continues to grow. It sets out specific priorities for the agencies that met Thursday.

These priorities include identification of the states' shared water resources and implementation of plans to protect and improve water quality, water quantity and the quality of life in both states.

The groups will also share information on water monitoring and modeling and will work together to develop and prioritize shared water-quality studies and projects, according to the agreement.

The agencies are required to meet at least annually. The 2010 meeting will be held in Missouri.