The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has a long history of working with external partners and the public to achieve its many successes and ensure the public is involved through public participation. The department communicates with its partners through commission meetings, forums, public meetings and other avenues. The department hosts public meetings, hearing and accepts public comments in writing to offer the public the opportunity to provide comments on rules in development and draft permits. These relationships are critical in our efforts to protect, preserve and enhance Missouri’s resources.
- Attend Board, Commission and Council Meetings - each of the boards, commissions and councils associated with the Department of Natural Resources host regular meetings to discuss key issues and decisions. Attend one of these meetings and learn more about natural and cultural resources that are important to you and Missouri. Learn more about the department's Boards, Commissions and Councils or visit the department's calendar of commission or program events and meetings.
- Engage the youth - Involving children and teenagers in environmental protection and community leadership is essential to making sure future generations are not subject to the same problems we may face today. Girl and Boy Scout troops are a great way to start. Learn more about the department's Education and Interpretation efforts.
- Participate in a Stream Team - Stream Teams provide “hands-on” experience and education about the quality and importance of Missouri’s thousands of miles of flowing water. To find a Stream Team nearest you or to start your own team call 800-781-1989.
The Missouri Stream Team Program is a partnership between the Department of Conservation, Department of Natural Resources, the Conservation Federation of Missouri and the citizens of Missouri. Or, consider volunteering in the Department of Natural Resources' Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program.
- Get involved - Public participation can play a key role in the decision-making process for air, land and water quality issues. Find out about the issues facing your community and get involved. Visit the department’s online Calendar for upcoming public meetings, hearings and events. You may also visit the department's Public Notices and Opportunites or Public Notices for Public Comment for Rules in Development or commission or program events and meetings websites.
- Report an environmental problem - Be aware of and report illegal dumping of solid and hazardous wastes in your community. To report dumping or other problems, call the department toll free at 800-361-4827 (M-F) or 573-634-2436 (24/7). To report an environmental problem on the Web, visit the department’s online environmental inquiry/question/concern or complaint form.
- Kitchen Cabinets - The department meets annually with with four sector-based kitchen cabinets including agriculture, business and industry, local governments and environmental and conservation groups. These meetings provide an open and candid dialogue on issues common to our respective organizations and gains insights and input on Missouri's challenges and opportunities in each of these important areas from our partners.