News Release 056

Missouri DNR delivers bi-state report on water resources to governor

Volume 38-056 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Judd Slivka

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, FEB. 8, 2010 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources and its Arkansas counterparts have released their first report on bi-state water issues to Govs. Jay Nixon of Missouri and Mike Beebe of Arkansas.

The report focuses on water quality and water quantity involving shared water resources of the two states. It was produced by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, Arkansas Natural Resources Commission and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

The report highlights the progress made toward goals stated in an agreement signed by the states’ governors in 2008. The agreement asks the agencies to identify shared water resources and implement plans to protect and improve both water quality and quantity in a region both environmentally and economically important to both states.

Officials with the three agencies met in Rogers, Ark., last August, where they identified opportunities to collaborate on future projects important to the health and beauty of the states’ shared resources. The agencies committed to continue to work on such issues as minimum stream flows, nutrient criteria, water quality reporting and water use.

Detailed information about the meeting is included in the report, which can be found on DNR’s website.

The agencies will continue work this year with a meeting in Missouri.