News Release 144

Hole in lagoon results in treated wastewater release at Longbranch State Park

Volume 38-144 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., MARCH 22, 2010 – A hole in a wastewater lagoon at Longbranch State Park near Macon today resulted in the release of an unknown amount of treated wastewater into a tributary of Longbranch Lake, according to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Park staff notified the department this morning at approximately 10:45 a.m. that the park’s lagoon berm had developed a hole that was allowing treated wastewater to flow into an unnamed tributary of Long Branch Lake.

The department dispatched an investigator from its Northeast Regional Office in Macon to assess any potential environmental damage. The department also notified the state departments of Health and Senior Services, and Conservation, as well as Macon Municipal Utilities and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which maintains the dam that creates Longbranch Lake.

The hole was repaired by about 1:45 p.m. this afternoon.  A portion of the bypassed waste was contained and pumped back into the lagoon. Water from the release did reach the lake. Parks staff have posted signs in the area notifying visitors of the release.

A similar incident at the state park occurred in November, 2009. In that case, the leak occurred after a muskrat dug a hole in the side of the berm. It is not yet clear what caused the most recent hole.

For more information on water quality issues, contact the Department of Natural Resources’ Water Protection Program at 573-751-1300 or 800-361-4827 or visit the department website at

To report an environmental emergency, including wastewater releases, please contact the DNR spill line at 573-634-2436. For more information contact the department at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-3443, or visit the department's Web page at