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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.

Addendum to Damage Assessment Plan for the Southeast Missouri Lead Mining District to Include the Madison County Mines Site

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, acting as trustees for natural resources, invite the public to an informational meeting on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, to learn about the trustees’ draft Madison County Mines (MCM) Site Addendum to the Southeast Missouri Lead Mining District Damage Assessment Plan. The addendum is a keystone document in the natural resource damage assessment and restoration process at the MCM site. The meeting will be from 6-8 p.m. at the Black River Electric Cooperative, 2600 Highway 67, Fredericktown, Mo.

The draft MCM plan is intended to ensure that the natural resource damages assessment for the Madison County Mines Site is performed in a planned and systematic manner and that the methodologies selected for the future Injury Determination, Quantification and Damages Determination Phases can be conducted at a reasonable cost. Also available for public review and comment is the draft study plan for the crayfish population and in-situ toxicity, the first injury study to be conducted under the addendum.

To view the Southeast Missouri Lead Mining District Damage Assessment Plan, click here

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.

About the Natural Resource Damages Program

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.

Natural Resource Damages Agreements and Quality Assurance

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.

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.

Jasper and Newton County Mine Tailings Superfund Sites

Southeast Missouri Ozarks Regional Restoration Plan Supporting Documents

 

 

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