News Release 632

Department of Natural Resources awards $15,000 to the West Branch Sni-A-Bar Watershed Consortium

Volume 38-632 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, NOV. 3, 2010 –The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded $15,000 to the West Branch Sni-A-Bar Watershed Consortium to develop a watershed management plan for the Headwaters Sni-A-Bar and West Fork Sni-A-Bar sub-watersheds located in Jackson and Lafayette counties.

The watershed management plan will help protect and improve water quality in the Headwaters and West Fork Sni-A-Bar sub-watersheds by identifying pollutant sources, recommending conservation practices, setting goals and a timeline, and establishing a monitoring program.  The consortium will work with local partners to assist and coordinate planning efforts to develop the watershed management plan.  The grant will help fund public planning meetings, personnel expenses, watershed and land use assessments and modeling activities.

The consortium will provide a match contribution of $10,000 over the life of the project bringing the total cost to $25,000.  The consortium expects to complete this project by Sept. 30, 2012.

Partners in this collaborative effort include the cities of Grain Valley, Blue Springs and Lake Lotawana; Lake Lotawana Association; Carriage Oaks Homeowners Association; Jackson County; Mid-America Regional Council; Missouri Department of Conservation; Blue River Watershed Association; U.S. Geological Survey; Soil and Water Conservation District; Jackson County Stormwater Commission; Lake Lotawana Garden Club (and other local clubs); stream teams and volunteer citizens..

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region 7 has provided partial funding for this project under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act.  The Department of Natural Resources’ Water Protection Program will administer the grant funds.  The department is committed to working closely with communities and businesses to assist with funding efforts that improve water quality in Missouri.  For more information, contact the Water Protection Program at P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102 or call 800-361-4827 or 573-751-1300.