Fiscal Year 2000 Integrated Strategic Plan

STRATEGIC ISSUE 1

Goal: Water

Continuously preserve and protect the quality and quantity of the water resources of the state of Missouri.

Outcome A

Improved quality of surface water and groundwater in the state

Outcome Measures
Increase in the number of stream miles and lake acres that are safe and useable for drinking, swimming, fishing and watering livestock

Reduction in the number of sites where groundwater aquifers are contaminated above drinking water standards

Objective 1
By 2003, increase compliance with minimum water quality standards on: six stream miles currently polluted by animal manure; two stream miles currently polluted by abandoned mine lands; 10 stream miles currently polluted by domestic point source discharges; and 50 lake acres currently polluted by farm herbicides.

Objective Measures
Number of stream miles returned to compliance with water quality standards which were included on the 1998 list of impaired waters prepared under Section 303(d) of the federal Clean Water Act as a result of discharges of animal manure, abandoned mine lands, and domestic point source discharges

Number of lake acres returned to compliance with water quality standards that were included on the 1998 list of impaired waters prepared under Section 303(d) of the federal Clean Water Act as a result of farm herbicides

Compliance with Underground Injection Control and Oil and Gas Council regulations

Number of stream miles failing to meet water quality standards due to sedimentation

Strategies
Perform Total Maximum Daily Load studies to identify pollution sources and allocate pollution loads.

Perform special water quality studies to assess source impacts and better understand the interaction of pollutants and the aquatic environment.

Develop and propose to the Clean Water Commission numeric biological criteria as a water quality standard in order to identify better those impacted streams incapable of supporting the expected biological community.

Complete revision of the nonpoint source management plan.

Ensure that Missouri water quality meets standards and laws, through permitting, inspection and enforcement efforts. When necessary and appropriate for protection of our natural resources, promulgate new rules.

Issue Letters of Approval to guide small animal production operations in best management practices.

Remediate abandoned coal mine lands to reduce water quality impacts from salts and acid-forming materials.

Require remediation of abandoned metallic mineral mine lands to reduce water-quality impacts from metals and particulates.

Support multi-agency efforts to encourage application of Best Management Practices in the watersheds of drinking water lakes impacted by farm herbicides.

Through the Special Area Land Treatment program for watersheds, work with landowners to apply best management practices and establish agricultural nonpoint source projects.

Maintain interagency coordination and cooperation through the Water Quality Coordinating Committee and participation in other forums.

Issue grants and low-interest loans to assist in the construction of domestic wastewater and animal waste facilities.

Issue stormwater grants and grants to assist with nonpoint source information, education and demonstration activities.

Monitor compliance with the Underground Injection Control, and Oil and Gas Council regulations to ensure both optimal resource recovery and environmental protection.

Objective 2
Increase compliance with groundwater protection regulations.

Objective Measures
Percent of properly abandoned oil and gas wells

Percent increase in water wells constructed according to water well regulations and requirements

Geologic site evaluations conducted for solid waste disposal, hazardous waste disposal, subdivision waste disposal and potential wastewater lagoons (See Goal: Land, Outcome I. for more information)

Strategies
Enforce the upgrade requirements for underground storage tanks.

Require remediation of soil and groundwater contaminated by leaking underground storage tanks and hazardous substances.

Enforce regulations that protect Missouri’s groundwater resource including well driller and pump installation, oil and gas regulations, the Clean Water Law and the Cave Resources Act.

Ensure that facilities are constructed in a manner protective of groundwater resources through evaluation of potential sites for geologic and hydrologic considerations.

Research and develop a plan for measuring groundwater quality effectively and efficiently throughout Missouri.

Objective 3
Increase in the availability, accuracy and understanding of geologic, hydrologic and water use data as it relates to water resources.

Objective Measures
Amount of geologic, hydrologic and water use data produced or reported:

  1. Flood studies
  2. Surface, groundwater and spring studies
  3. Watershed modeling studies
  4. Major water users registration
  5. Well logs
  6. Missouri and Mississippi River data

Number of water related databases available through a Geographic Information System (GIS)

Decrease in percent of error in data retrieval from monitoring equipment

Improve tracking of groundwater quality by increasing the number of monitoring wells statewide

Strategies
Conduct an analysis of future water demand and water needs on an annual basis.

Collect, manage and distribute accurate data regarding the surface and subsurface water of the state and its use. To develop this information, maintain integrated major water user and other technical water resources databases and prepare river basin and watershed physical information reports.

Participate in flood restudy efforts of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers to determine 100-year and other flood stage height changes.

Increase surface and groundwater studies describing discharge and recharge areas.

Continually examine water laws for changes in legislation and registration needs.

Improve monitoring equipment and the retrieval of accurate data from the equipment.

Gather more frequent information from the United States Corps of Engineers and from other states on potential projects that may affect Missouri’s water flows.

Outcome B

Sufficient quantity of water resources

Outcome Measures
Number and severity of water shortages reported

Months of navigation service

Hydroelectric generating capacity

Objective 1
Ensure that Missouri’s current and future water needs are met.

Objective Measures
Number of descriptive water resource assessments published

Number of regional water problem and opportunity reports

Number of watershed and river basin reports

Strategies
Increase the information available on Missouri’s water resources through publication of statewide descriptive water resource assessments in accordance with the State Water Plan.

Address concerns about the quantity of water available through publication of regional water problem and opportunity reports for northeast Missouri and initiate work on the remaining reports for the state.

Provide technical assistance and information to lessen the economic impacts of floods, droughts and other regional water emergencies.

Actively monitor flood and drought conditions and provide necessary support in time of need.

Objective 2
Designate the flow of the Mississippi River as a national interest water (including all major river tributaries).

Objective Measures
Number of interstate stream issues and compacts

Number of collaborative relationships with interstate and intrastate organizations (including river basin associations)

Strategies
Monitor the activities and decisions of the other states and the United States Army Corps of Engineers as they relate to water flow on major rivers and interstate streams.

Following designation of the flow for the Mississippi River, protect existing flow against further depletions.

Examine and comment on operational changes on the Missouri River.

Review and comment on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s hydropower permit as changes or renewals are proposed.

Annually review reservoir operational plans as they impact hydropower generation, water supply and other beneficial water uses.

Participate in the White River Operation and Dissolved Oxygen Coordinating Committees.

Defend the Missouri River master manual against revisions that are detrimental to Missouri citizens and the environment.

Outcome C

Drinking water meets all health-related standards

Outcome Measures
Increased percentage of Missourians living where drinking water meets government standards (Show-Me Result)

Reduction in the contaminant levels in source water

Objective 1
Improve the quality of public drinking water by decreasing the number of significant non-compliers each year.

Objective Measures
Increase in the number of public water systems that are sampled on a regular basis and the number ofbacterial, chemical and radiological samples analyzed

Increase in the number of public drinking water systems that are inventoried

Decrease in the number of incidents of waterborne diseases

Decrease in the percentage of public water systems with acute violations

Decrease in the number of public water systems forced to use alternate or emergency sources of drinking water not identified in standard or emergency operating procedures

Decrease in the number of public water systems having to implement extreme water conservation measures

Strategies
Maintain a contaminant monitoring program for public water systems in accordance with the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Provide operator training and technical assistance for public water systems.

Provide funding for public water system improvements through grants and loans.

Assure adequate construction of drinking water facilities through plan and other engineering reviews, and permitting and construction inspections.

Help public water systems protect their source water quality through source water protection programs.

Cooperate with state and federal agencies to support nonpoint source pollution control and other source water protection efforts.

Ensure that public drinking water systems in Missouri are properly managed through permitting, inspection and enforcement efforts. Promulgate understandable, reasonable and workable drinking water rules through the Safe Drinking Water Commission.

Promote system consolidation; wholesale water distributors and other mechanisms to provide public water systems with adequate water supplies.

Ensure that source issues are adequately addressed in public water systems emergency operating plans.

Objective 2
Improve the quality of drinking water supplies by increasing compliance with the Water Well Drillers Act.

Objective Measures
Percentage of water wells submitted for review that are certified

Number of water well drillers and pump installers registered

Strategies
Ensure compliance with Water Well Drillers Act.

Provide training sessions for all drillers and pump installers so that wells are properly constructed and groundwater protection measures installed.

Work with financial institutions to ensure that water wells are certified before any transactions dealing with the sale of land are completed.

Outcome D

Protection of the state’s wetland resources

Outcome Measures
Trends in wetland acreage

Objective 1
Effect no net loss of wetland acreage.

Objective Measures
Number of wetland studies completed and reports issued

Strategies
Evaluate wetland health by investigating surface water and groundwater levels, soils saturation, soil characterization, soil evaluations, and by the use of satellite and aerial photography to evaluate changes in wetland acreage.

Increase educational activities regarding wetlands.

Require mitigation for wetland losses through the water quality certification process.

Provide protection of wetlands through purchase of wetland acreage when effective and appropriate for inclusion in the state park system.

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