Department is re-evaluating plan to improve Hinkson Creek in Boone County

For more information: 573-751-1010
Volume 37-378 For Immediate Release: Oct. 9, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is withdrawing the draft Hinkson Creek Total Maximum Daily Load, or TMDL, from public notice. The department will re-evaluate the TMDL in light of public interest and discussions heard to date on the draft language, which may have been unclear or confusing. The department will work with interested parties to establish a revised TMDL and re-public notice the document in early November.

The department determined Hinkson Creek, located near Columbia in Boone County, 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.

"This is the first TMDL in Missouri to address an unknown pollutant and an urban stream, which makes the process a little more difficult," said Leanne Tippett Mosby, Director of the department's Water Protection Program. "The department appreciates the citizen participation and cooperation to help improve Hinkson Creek. The department wants to ensure everyone understands the approach and has an opportunity to help shape how the TMDL is implemented to make this process a success."

The department is withdrawing the public notice to re-evaluate the Hinkson Creek TMDL and, where applicable, make improvements to better address those areas that have generated the greatest interest or confusion by the public. The department will continue to work with interested parties throughout the evaluation and provide another draft for public notice in early November.

For more information on the TMDL process or other water pollution issues, contact the department's Water Protection Program at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-1300 or visit the Web at www.dnr.mo.gov/env/wpp.

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