News Release 223

Department of Natural Resources awards $10,000 to Missouri Stream Team Watershed Coalition

Volume 39-223 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded $10,000 to the Missouri Stream Team Watershed Coalition to create a program that will reduce pollution from stormwater runoff in the Mill Creek watershed in Phelps County.

The Missouri Stream Team Watershed Coalition, in collaboration with the Mill Creek Watershed Coalition, will create the Mill Creek Nonpoint Source Pollution Education and Engagement Program to reduce and prevent pollution in the Mill Creek watershed. The project will build an educational website, create a documentary film, design an active learning brochure and continue collaborative efforts with various organizations. Together these activities will provide nonpoint source pollution education to a wide variety of audiences.

The Missouri Stream Team Watershed Coalition will provide a match contribution of $6,670 over the life of the project bringing the total cost to $16,670. The coalition expects to complete this project by Aug. 31, 2014.

Partners in this collaborative effort include the Mill Creek Watershed Coalition, Mill Creek landowners, Audubon Society – Missouri, Conservation Federation of Missouri, Ozark Fly Fishers, Ozark Trail Association, University of Missouri Science and Technology, AmeriCorps – St. Louis.

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.