News Release 108

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

Volume 38-108 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer
573-751-3807

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, MARCH 8, 2010 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is seeking comments on a draft plan to improve water quality in the Hinkson Creek study area near Columbia in Boone County.

The plan, known as a total maximum daily load document, describes pollutant reductions needed to improve water quality in the Hinkson Creek study area.

The department determined the creek does not meet water quality standards due to unknown pollutants and placed it on Missouri’s 2004/2006 list of impaired waters.

Section 303(d) of the federal Clean Water Act requires the department to establish a list of impaired waters and to develop improvement plans for those waterways included on the list. A total maximum daily load document 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 study process works best when local citizens come together to understand and identify problems in their watershed, and help develop the most effective solution for reducing water pollution and developing a successful watershed management plan.

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

Copies of the study and supporting documents may be obtained by calling the department’s Water Protection Program at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-6623 or by visiting the website at /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 study through April 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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