News Release 125

Department awards funds for Spring River Watershed management plan

Volume 39-125 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded $30,000 to the Harry S Truman Coordinating Council to develop a watershed management plan for the Spring River Watershed in southwest Missouri. The Spring River watershed encompasses approximately 2,271 square miles of southwest Missouri in Barry, Barton, Christian, Dade, Jasper, Lawrence, Newton and Stone counties.

A watershed management plan sets forth strategies and recommendations for effective watershed and stormwater management, and water quality protection within the watershed. The plan also outlines tasks and milestones for implementing the recommendations.

Several stream segments in Barton, Dade, Jasper, and Lawrence counties are included on Missouri’s 2012 list of impaired waters due to bacteria, nutrient and sediment levels from rural sources related to stormwater runoff. Water quantity concerns are also present in areas where continued population growth has been sustained for several years and water use exceeds groundwater recharge.

The Spring River exits Missouri and passes through southeastern Kansas where it enters the Grand Lake O’ The Cherokees in Oklahoma. Major tributaries within the watershed are the North Fork Spring River, Center Creek, Turkey Creek and Shoal Creek.

The goal of the project is to encourage local stakeholders and other community leaders to participate in a planning process that will result in a watershed plan for the Spring River Watershed.

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 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.