News Release 627

Clean Water Commission to consider final approval of state’s impaired waters list

Volume 38-627 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, NOV. 2, 2010—The Missouri Clean Water Commission will consider final approval of the state’s list of impaired waters at it next meeting.  

The commission will hold a public meeting at 9 a.m., Nov. 3, at the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Conference Center, 1730 E. Elm St., Jefferson City.  Following the commission meeting, the Department of Natural Resources will host a Water Protection Forum for interested individuals to discuss water quality issues and plan future workshops.

The Department of Natural Resources develops the list of impaired waters, also called the 303(d) List, biennially and submits the list to the commission for approval.  The commission previously approved the list with the exception of two waters:  Wilsons Creek in Greene County and Cave Springs Branch in McDonald County.   The commission asked the department to allow additional time for public comment on these waters before including them in the final list.

The department received additional comments from the public and as a result amended its recommendations for Wilsons Creek and Cave Springs Branch.  The department will submit these recommendations to the commission for approval.

The department proposes to change the Wilsons Creek impairment from urban point/nonpoint to urban/rural nonpoint source.   The city wastewater treatment plant is no longer considered a source of bacterial impairment.  The department is also recommending removal of Cave Spring Branch from the list, previously included for impairment due to nutrients. 

Other items on the agenda include an informational presentation by the Department of Natural Resources on proposed amendments to water quality standards and a status update on the development of total maximum daily load studies, frequently referred to as a TMDL, which describes pollutant reductions needed to improve water quality. Citizens will have an opportunity to address the commission during open session.

People requiring special services or who wish to speak at the Nov. 3 commission meeting can make arrangements by calling 800-361-4827 or 573-751-1300 or by writing to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Clean Water Commission Secretary, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO, 65102-0176. Hearing-impaired individuals may contact the program through Relay Missouri at 800-735-2966.

The commission is a seven-member board that is appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate. The department provides staff support to the commission. The Clean Water Commission adopts rules and regulations and advises the department on various water quality issues. 

For more information or a complete meeting agenda, contact Malinda Steenbergen at the Department of Natural Resources at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-6721 or visit the department's Web site at www.dnr.mo.gov/env/wpp/cwc/index.html.

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