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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

Public Meetings Held in Southeast Missouri

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources hosted a series of public meetings seeking comments on the Draft Southeast Missouri Ozarks Regional Restoration Plan*.

Representatives from the department explained the Draft Southeast Missouri Ozarks Regional Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment at public meetings in Hillsboro, Park Hills, Potosi, Fredericktown and Viburnum. During the meetings, the public had the opportunity to ask questions and formally comment on the restoration plan.

The public meetings started at 6 p.m. and ended at 7 p.m. and were held at:

*The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service were not able to particpate in the public meetings at that time due to the lapse in federal appropriations.

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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

The application period has closed.

  1. Eagle-Picher I Request for Proposals: is seeking projects that can ameliorate injuries to migratory birds and endangered species resulting from mining and smelting activities around Joplin, Missouri. Priority will be given to projects that improve or protect riparian migratory bird habitat.
  2. Upland Compensatory Request for Proposals:  is seeking applicants that can implement successful programs of prairie acquisition and restoration projects in and around Jasper and Newton counties. 
  3. Primary Jasper Restoration Acquisition Request for Proposals:  is seeking applicants that can acquire land that has been most  impacted by mine waste, and manage that land for wildlife habitat.  Lands that are prioritized under this Request for Proposals are areas that have been subject to the EPA remedial clean-up process, or will be in the near future.

Requests For Proposals and scoring matrices.

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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