News Release 004

Boonslick Regional Planning Commission receives grant to protect water quality

Volume 39-004 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded $111,804 to the Boonslick Regional Planning Commission to inventory septic systems within Lincoln, Montgomery and Warren counties to identify systems that may be contributing to water pollution.

The commission will also use the grant to develop plans to reduce septic system-related pollution that may be contributing to stream impairment. The inventory will include the type and age of the systems to provide critical planning data for the region.

The project will align with the goals and recommendations identified in the 2011 Statewide Wastewater Assessment, the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permitted facilities mapping project and various other community plans. The inventory will also tie into Boonslick Regional Planning Commission’s implementation of the Community Development Block Grant Land Use Infrastructure Plan by identifying the smart growth areas and recommending suitable locations for future infrastructure investments.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 7, has provided partial funding for this project under the Clean Water Act. The Department of Natural Resources’ Water Protection Program will administer the grant funds and 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 800-361-4827 or 573-751-1300.