News Release 022

Department of Natural Resources awards Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District $134,186 for Asher Creek Project

Volume 39-022 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded $134,186 to the Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District to improve water quality in Asher Creek by reducing stormwater runoff.

The Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District will use the funding to develop the Asher Creek 319 Project, as part of the implementation of the Little Sac River Watershed Management Plan.

Conservation practices planned for this project, including prescribed grazing systems, soil testing and pH correction, and riparian corridor exclusion, will reduce the amount of nutrients and fecal coliform bacteria entering Asher Creek and the Little Sac River watershed. The project will provide information to landowners and homeowners in the watershed about water quality and practices to improve it. The project will also provide water quality testing of Asher Creek to measure the effectiveness of the practices being implemented. Test results will be shared with the public.

Partners in this collaborative effort include the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Polk County Soil and Water Conservation District, the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks and the Ozarks Environmental Water Resources Institute.

Matching funds for this project will come from the Missouri Parks and Soils State Sales Tax through the Department of Natural Resources’ Soil and Water Conservation Program. The Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District expects to complete this project by Jan. 31, 2014.

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, please visit dnr.mo.gov/env/wpp/nps/index.html.

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