U. S. Environmental Protection Agency releases decision on Missouri's list of impaired waters

For more information: 573-751-1010
Volume 37-287 For Immediate Release: Aug. 28, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved Missouri's listing of 272 waters as impaired and the delisting of 10 water bodies. In addition, EPA is requesting public comment on its proposed decision to add or restore a total of 17 water bodies and corresponding pollutants to Missouri's 2008 impaired waters list.

Section 303(d) of the federal Clean Water Act requires that each state identify waters that are not meeting water quality standards where requirements are not yet in place to restore water quality. Water quality standards protect such beneficial uses of water as whole body contact such as swimming, maintaining fish and other aquatic life and providing drinking water for people, livestock and wildlife.

The 17 water bodies proposed for addition to the list include waters found to be impaired by bacteria, chloride, metals, sediments and other pollutants. Information on EPA's public notice and public comment period is available on its website at www.epa.gov/region07.

The Department accepted public comments on its proposed list earlier this year followed by a public hearing. The Missouri Clean Water Commission approved the 2008 303(d) List at its May 6 meeting. The Department of Natural Resources then submitted the final proposed list to EPA for review and approval.

Earlier this summer, the Missouri Clean Water Commission approved the Department's listing methodology document that will be used to develop the 2010 303(d) List. The Department anticipates presenting this proposed list to the commission in May 2010.

For more information on the 2008 303(d) List or other water quality issues, visit the Department's website at http://www.dnr.mo.gov/env/wpp or call 800-361-4827 or 573-751-1300.