News Release 415

Public invited to comment on plan to protect the Marmaton River in Vernon County

Volume 38-415 (For immediate release)
Contact: Larry Archer
573-751-3807

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, JULY 22, 2010 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is seeking comments on a revised draft plan to improve water quality in the Marmaton River located near Nevada in Vernon County.

The goals set for the Marmaton River are part of a total maximum daily load study, frequently referred to as a TMDL, which describes pollutant reductions needed to improve water quality in the river. The revised version of the draft plan is in response to comments received during an earlier public comment period for the original draft plan.

The original draft plan had addressed both the Marmaton River and Little Drywood Creek.  The new public comment period is a result of removing the Little Drywood Creek from the document and revising pollutant reduction goals for the Marmaton River.  A separate plan for Little Drywood will be completed at a later date.

The department has determined the Marmaton River does not meet water quality standards due to low dissolved oxygen and has placed it on Missouri’s 2008 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 Marmaton River study proposes targets for total nitrogen, total phosphorus, total suspended solids and biochemical oxygen demand to improve the water quality of the river. The information sheet for the study also includes background information on the river, provides an overview of the situation and usually includes data and a map of the creek.

Copies of the Marmaton River study and supporting documents can be obtained by calling the department’s Water Protection Program at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-6623 or by visiting the department’s website at dnr.mo.gov/env/wpp/index.html.

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 Aug. 22.

Comments should be sent to the Department of Natural Resources, Water Protection Program, Water Quality Assessment and Protection 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, telephone number).

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