News Release 208

Department of Natural Resources plans public meetings, comment period on 2014 list of impaired waters

Volume 39-208 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is seeking the public’s input on the biennial draft list of impaired waters and the methods used to develop future lists.

Section 303(d) of the Federal Clean Water Act requires each state to identify waters that do not meet water quality standards and do not have requirements in place to restore water quality. The draft list includes 387 listings on 227 separate waters and includes 56 new listings. Some waters are listed multiple times due to variations in individual sections of the water bodies. The public may view copies of the proposed 2014 303(d) List and the 2016 Listing Methodology document at www.dnr.mo.gov/env/wpp/waterquality/303d.htm.

The department will hold public availability sessions on this topic on Nov. 13 and Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lewis and Clark State Office Building, 1101 Riverside Drive, in Jefferson City. Representatives of the department will be available at these sessions to answer questions.

The public hearing is scheduled for Jan. 22, 2014 at 9 a.m. at the same location. The public is encouraged to participate if they have concerns or would like to provide comments.

The department will accept written comments through Jan. 31, 2014. Comments should be sent to the Department of Natural Resources, Water Protection Program, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176. Email comments may be sent to trish.rielly@dnr.mo.gov. Emails should include the contact information of the sender, including name, mailing address and phone number.

For more information, visit the department’s Water Protection Program online at www.dnr.mo.gov/env/wpp.

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