Public invited to comment on plan to protect Hinkson Creek in Boone County

For more information: 573-751-1010
Volume 37-341 For Immediate Release: Sept. 18, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is seeking comments on a draft Total Maximum Daily Load, or TMDL, document describing pollutant reductions needed to improve water quality in the Hinkson Creek study area. Hinkson Creek is located near Columbia in Boone County.

The Department determined Hinkson Creek is impaired due to unknown pollutants as it does not meet water quality standards. The Department included Hinkson Creek on Missouri's 2004/2006 303(d) List of impaired waters. The federal Clean Water Act requires the Department to develop TMDLs for those water segments included on final 303(d) lists. A TMDL is a study of the impaired water that establishes the maximum amount of a pollutant the water can absorb before its quality is affected.

The TMDL process works best when the Department is able to bring local citizens together to understand and identify problems in their watershed. They can help develop the most effective solution for reducing water pollution. Citizen participation and cooperation is crucial for successful watershed management and is the key to protecting our natural resources.

The draft Hinkson Creek TMDL proposes a reduction for Stormwater runoff volume as a surrogate for the unknown pollutants to improve the water quality of the creek. The Hinkson Creek TMDL information sheet also includes background information on the water body and provides an overview of the situation and study results and a map of the water body.

Copies of the Hinkson Creek TMDL and supporting documents can be obtained by calling the Department's Water Protection Program at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-6623 or by visiting the TMDL website at www.dnr.mo.gov/env/wpp/tmdl/pn-hinkson-ck.htm.

The public is encouraged to participate in this process if they have concerns regarding the content of this document or if they would like to provide written support for the process. The program will accept written comments regarding the Hinkson Creek TMDL through October 18, 2009.

Comments should be sent to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Water Protection Program, Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Section, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176 or by email to john.hoke@dnr.mo.gov. Emails should include the contact information of the sender (i.e., name, mailing address, phone number).

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