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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

Upcoming Public Meetings

  • 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 acting as Trustees for Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration (Trustees), invite the public to 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. The meeting will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the visitor’s center of Johnson Shut-Ins State Park, 148 Taum Sauk Trail, Middlebrook, MO 63656-9601. 

    Agency representatives will be on hand to discuss the proposed acquisition and restoration of public lands. Funding for these acquisition and restoration projects comes from a settlement with ASARCO, LLC (ASARCO) for natural resource damages associated with mining at sites in the New Lead Belt portion of the Southeast Missouri Lead Mining District. The Southeast Missouri Lead Mining District spans multiple counties from 40 to 90 miles south southwest of St. Louis and is located in the Big River, Black River and St Francois River watersheds. It is one of the largest lead-producing regions of the world. 

Previous Meetings

  • Oct. 29, 2014- Joplin
    This meeting’s purpose was 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 was 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 featured a brief presentation from the Trustees for Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration and included a question and answer session.

  • 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.

  • 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. (8/13)
  • 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)

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

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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