News Release 090

Department of Natural Resources to survey Missourians' impressions of wetlands

Volume 38-090 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer
573-751-3807

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., MARCH 3, 2010 -- What do you think about when someone says the word wetland? The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is asking Missourians for their input. The department's Water Resources Center is conducting an online survey to gauge people's basic understanding and impressions of the state's wetland resources.

Any Missouri citizen may participate in the wetland survey by visiting the department's Web page at dnr.mo.gov/env/wrc/. The purpose of the survey is to measure public awareness of wetland functions, as well as state and federal efforts towards wetland monitoring. The survey results will help natural resource managers gain knowledge of the public's perceptions of wetlands. The 11-question survey is anonymous and does not ask for contact information.

In 2008, the department received a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to conduct hydrologic, chemical and biological monitoring at six Missouri wetland sites. These sites include two state parks, managed by the Department of Natural Resources, and four conservation areas, managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation. Collecting information regarding the public's knowledge and impressions of wetland resources is a requirement of the grant.

The department will later publish the results of the survey on its website. If you would like more information on the status of the wetland monitoring, visit dnr.mo.gov/env/wrc/wetlands.htm.  

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