Natural Resource Damages - Southwest Missouri
The department’s Natural Resource Damages program is charged with assessing injuries to and restoring public natural resources that have been injured by environmental hazards, such as oil discharges and hazardous substances releases.
Lime Kiln Dam Restoration Project
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) have prepared a Restoration Plan to describe an upcoming restoration project in Neosho, Missouri. This project will use funds recovered from responsible parties through the natural resource damages process to improve Lime Kiln Dam, a low-head dam on Shoal Creek. These improvements are designed to reduce the ecological impacts of the dam to compensate for historic impacts caused by mine waste contamination. This project, a collaboration with the National Fish Passage Program administered by USFWS, will improve public safety and allow fish passage through the dam.
Agencies Release Request for Proposals for Aquatic Restoration Projects
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are interested in restoring the aquatic ecosystem of Shoal Creek in southwest Missouri, which has been injured as a result of historic lead and zinc mining. A Request for Proposals (RFP) has been released to solicit restoration project proposals that can improve wildlife habitat and water quality within the Shoal Creek watershed. The document below provides specific details and instructions for proposal applications. Applications are due nor later than Sept. 18, 2020. The department hosted a webinar to provide additional information and answer questions Aug. 25, 2020. For more information please send an email to John Nichols.
Shoal Creek Watershed Restoration Request for Proposal
Shoal Creek RFP Geographic Priority Areas Google Earth Coverage Right click to download this *.kmz file to use on Google Earth
More information about the RFP and about the Natural Resource Damage and Restoration program in Missouri is available at The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Natural Resources Damage Assessment Missouri Portion of the Tri-State Mining District webpage.
Cardinal Valley Natural Habitat Restoration Project Proposal and Draft Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have finalized a plan to restore mine lands in and around Webb City using compost. A public meeting and comment period were held to introduce the restoration plan and environmental assessment.
Agencies Release Compost Pilot Study Technical Report
The Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conducted a pilot study to evaluate the potential environmental benefits and impacts of using composted manure products as a soil amendment on remediated lead and zinc mine lands. Different compost mixtures composed of cattle manure, poultry litter, municipal biosolids, woodchips and conventional fertilizers were tested in both upland and wetland soils. Test plots were established using the different compost mixtures and were sampled to evaluate potential contaminants in stormwater runoff, changes in bioavailability and plant uptake of soil metals, and plant growth and diversity. This report details the results of that pilot study.
Agencies Release Draft Plan to Evaluate Injury to Mussels by Metals in the Tri-State Mining District
This study is part of an ongoing Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration process for the Tri-State Mining District (TSMD) conducted by co-trustees, who for the Missouri portion of the mining district, include the department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). The co-trustees for Missouri are making the draft addendum to the Tri-State Assessment Plan - Mussel Sampling and Analysis Plan available for public review and comment.
This addendum provides information on the sampling and analysis planned by the trustees involved in developing Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration (NRDAR) claims in the TSMD.
The Jasper and Newton County Superfund sites in Missouri are part of the TSMD. These sites were mined extensively for lead and zinc for more than a century. As a consequence of the mining and mining-related activities, large amounts of metals were released into the environment in the TSMD. The main metals of concern are lead, cadmium and zinc, which are potentially toxic to a wide variety of organisms, including birds, mammals, fish, mussels and other biota.
The addendum is available to download from the USFWS website.
Restoration Awards Granted
Jasper County Primary Acquisition Project - The Missouri Natural Resource Trustees (Trustees) released a request for proposals in July 2013 seeking applicants to purchase remediated mine waste areas in Jasper County. The funding for this project was recovered as a result of a Natural Resource Damages settlement with the mining company ASARCO. The Trustees elected to award the entire $3,000,000 to the city of Webb City for their proposed project in the Center Creek Bottoms area, which will include approximately 1,000 acres of land. These lands, much of which previously contained mine waste, will be maintained as parks in native habitat owned by the city.
Upland Compensatory Restoration Project - The department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service awarded the Missouri Prairie Foundation $750,000 to purchase and restore prairie in Jasper and Newton counties, in southwest Missouri. The funding for this project was recovered as a result of a Natural Resource Damages settlement with the mining company ASARCO, and was advertised in a request for proposals in July 2013. The Missouri Prairie Foundation is an established non-profit land trust that has operated in Missouri for nearly 50 years, specializing in the restoration and management of native prairie.
Springfield Plateau Regional Restoration Plan
The Springfield Plateau Regional Restoration Plan describes and explains options for restoring natural resources that were harmed by mining operations in the Springfield Plateau of southwest Missouri. The restoration plan originally published in May 2012 was amended in January 2018.
- Springfield Plateau Regional Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment -- U.S. Department of the Interior, USFWS and the department, May 2012 (The restoration plan originally published in May 2012 and was amended in January 2018)
- Full text of Springfield Plateau Regional Restoration Plan Amendment -- U.S. Department of the Interior, USFWS and the department, January 2018
- Springfield Plateau Regional Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment Appendices -- U.S. Department of the Interior, USFWS and the department, May 2012
- Springfield Plateau Regional Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment Finding of No Significant Impact
- Springfield Plateau Regional Restoration Plan Information Sheet -- Prepared by the department, Jan. 24, 2012
Jasper and Newton Counties Mine Tailings Superfund Sites
- Request for Proposal: Tri-State Mining District Request for Proposals for Riparian, Wetland and Floodplain Restoration in Jasper and Newton Counties (December 2014)
- Jasper-Newton Counties Damage Assessment Plan (June 2009)
- Appendix B - Effects of Lead-Zinc Mining on Crayfish Density in the Spring River Watershed
- Appendix B - Migratory Bird Injury Confirmation
- Appendix C - Responsive Summary
- Jasper/Newton Damage Assessment Plan Information Sheet
- Columbia Environmental Research Center Crayfish Study Plan
- Field Sampling Plan and General Quality Assurance Project Plan for a Pilot Study to Assess Volume of Mine Waste and Concentration of Selected Metals in Stream and Floodplain Sediment Within the Tri-State Mining District in Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma U.S. Geological Survey. Revised Draft Sept. 24, 2010.
- Jasper County Pre-assessment | Jasper County Notice of Intent | Newton County Pre-assessment Screen | Newton County Notice of Intent
- Adverse Health Effects in Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) Associated with Waste from Zinc and Lead Mines in the Tri-State Mining District
Mr. Eric Gramlich
CERCLA/OPA NRDAR Section Chief
Missouri Department of Natural Resources,
P.O. Box 176
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176
Email: email@example.com or
Mr. John Weber
Environmental Contaminants Specialist
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
101 Park DeVille Dr. Suite A
Columbia, MO 65203