Hazardous Waste Program

Natural Resource Damages Assessment

In 1998, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources established a Natural Resource Damages, or NRD, program within the Superfund Section of the Hazardous Waste Program. The thought behind Natural Resource Damages is a state’s public lands, waters and living resources are held in “trust” for the benefit of the citizens of the state. Citizens have the right to use and enjoy natural resources and states have the duty and responsibility to protect these resources. The department’s Natural Resource Damages program, based primarily upon authority vested in the federal Superfund law, 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.

The director of the Department of Natural Resources is designated by the governor as the state natural resource trustee. In addition to state trustees, there are five federal trustees including the secretaries of the departments of Defense, Energy, Commerce, Interior and Agriculture. American Indian tribes are also designated trustees, but there are no state or federally recognized tribes within Missouri. Natural resource trustees are tasked with determining the type and extent of injuries to natural resources and with restoring injured natural resources for public use.

For more information about the Natural Resource Damages program, please contact:

Tim Rielly, Restoration and Assessment Manager
Missouri Department of Natural Resources
P.O. Box 176   
Jefferson City, Missouri 65102-0176
573-526-3353
tim.rielly@dnr.mo.gov GovDelivery logo

Public Meetings for Requests for Proposals

Oct. 29 - Joplinnone
This meeting’s purpose is to introduce a request for proposals for riparian, floodplain and wetland restoration projects in the Spring River watershed of southwest Missouri. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service are acting jointly as Trustees for Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration to begin the process of restoring natural resources injured by the release of hazardous substances from ASARCO’s operations in southeast Missouri. Natural resources injured by ASARCO’s operations include fish, crayfish, mussels, migratory songbirds, surface water and soils among many others. With the release of this first request for proposals, the Trustees are seeking to compensate the public for the loss of natural resources.

This meeting will be held at Missouri Southern State University’s Billingsly Student Center, 3950 E. Newman Rd. in Joplin on Oct. 29 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  It will feature a brief presentation from the Trustees for Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration and include a question and answer session.

Previous Meetings

Oct. 15, 2014 - Park Hills
This meeting’s purpose was to introduce a request for proposals for riparian, floodplain and wetland restoration projects in the Big and Black River watersheds of southeast Missouri. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service are acting jointly as Trustees for Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration to begin the process of restoring natural resources injured by the release of hazardous substances from ASARCO’s operations in southeast Missouri. Natural resources injured by ASARCO’s operations include fish, crayfish, mussels, migratory songbirds, surface water and soils among many others. With the release of this first request for proposals, the Trustees were seeking to compensate the public for the loss of natural resources. 

This meeting was held at Mineral Area College’s North College Center, 5270 Flat River Road in Park Hills on Oct. 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. It featured a brief presentation from the Trustees for Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration and included a question and answer session.

Southeast Missouri Ozarks Regional Restoration Plan

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service have developed a regional restoration plan to restore southeast Missouri’s natural resources injured by hazardous substances released from current and historic mining operations.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service are charged, primarily through federal Superfund law, with assessing injuries to and restoring natural resources that have been injured by environmental hazards such as oil discharges and hazardous substances releases. This process is referred to as Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration. Citizens have the right to use and enjoy natural resources and states have the duty and responsibility to protect these resources.

Tim Rielly                                                                                                
Restoration and Assessment Manager                                                      
Missouri Department of Natural Resources                                              
P.O. Box 176                                                                                         
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176                                                             
573-526-3353                                                                                       
tim.rielly@dnr.mo.gov   

Copies of the restoration plan are available for review at Missouri Department of Natural Resources, 1730 E. Elm St., Jefferson City. 

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 Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service invited the public to review this document. Written comments were encouraged and had to be postmarked no later than Feb. 24, 2012.

Request for Proposals

Natural Resource Damages Documents

Natural Resource Damages Agreements and Quality Assurance Project Plan

Jasper County and Newton County Mine Tailings Superfund Sites

Southeast Missouri Lead Mining District

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