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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.

 

Public Meetings

Past Meetings

  • April 16, 2015 - Joplin
    Webb City Primary Restoration RFP

    The Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service held a public meeting to introduce a request for proposals for upland prairie and riparian restoration projects in the Ben’s Branch and Center Creek Bottoms areas in Webb City. This is part of an ongoing restoration project on lands owned by the Webb City. 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 Jasper County.

  • Dec. 18, 2014- Johnson Shut Inns State Park
    Public Meeting for Potential Trustee Land Acquisition and Restoration
    The Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service held an informational meeting on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, to learn about the potential acquisition and restoration of land and other restoration activities using natural resource damage restoration funds in Southeast Missouri.

  • Oct. 29, 2014- Joplin
    The Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service held a meeting to introduce a request for proposals for riparian, floodplain and wetland restoration projects in the Spring River watershed related to natural resources injured by the release of hazardous substances from ASARCO’s operations in southeast Missouri.

  • Oct. 15, 2014 - Park Hills
    The Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service held a meeting to introduce a request for proposals for riparian, floodplain and wetland restoration projects in the Big and Black River watersheds of southeast Missouri.The purpose of the meeting was to begin the process of restoring natural resources injured by the release of hazardous substances from ASARCO’s operations in southeast Missouri.

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 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

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.

  • Final Southeast Missouri Restoration Plan U.S. Department of the Interior - U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture - U.S. Forest Service, Missouri Department of Natural Resources. (6/14)
  • Strategic Restoration Implementation Plan U.S. Department of the Interior - U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture - U.S. Forest Service, Missouri Department of Natural Resources. (8/14)
  • Finding Of No Significant Impact U.S. Department of the Interior - U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture - U.S. Forest Service, Missouri Department of Natural Resources. (8/13)

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

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 1000 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 fifty years, specializing in the restoration and management of native prairie.

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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