Public comment period extended on plan to protect waterways near Viburnum

For more information: 573-751-1010
Volume 37-376 For Immediate Release: Oct. 9, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is extending the public comment period until Oct. 22 on a draft Total Maximum Daily Load, or TMDL, for the Indian Creek and Courtois Creek. The previous public comment period ended today, however, the department received a request to extend the time.

The draft TMDL document describes the pollutant reductions needed to improve water quality in the Indian Creek, Tributary to Indian Creek and Courtois Creek study areas, which are located in Crawford, Washington and Iron counties.

The Department determined Indian Creek, Tributary to Indian Creek, and Courtois Creek are impaired due to lead and zinc and do not meet water quality standards. The Department included Indian Creek, Tributary to Indian Creek and Courtois 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 waters that establishes the maximum amount of a pollutant the waters can absorb before their 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 Indian Creek, Tributary to Indian Creek, and Courtois Creek TMDLs proposes targets for lead and zinc to improve the water quality of the creek. The Indian Creek, Tributary to Indian Creek, and Courtois Creek TMDL information sheet also includes background information on the water bodies, provides an overview of the situation and usually includes a data sheet and map of the water bodies.

Copies of the Indian Creek, Tributary to Indian Creek, and Courtois Creek TMDLs 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 http://www.dnr.mo.gov/env/wpp/tmdl/wpc-tmdl-progress.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 Indian Creek, Tributary to Indian Creek, and Courtois Creek TMDLs through October 22.

Comments should be sent to the Department of Natural Resources, Water Protection Program, Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Section, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176. Send email comments 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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