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When our natural resources are injured or destroyed, our quality of life, environment and economy suffer. That is why the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has dedicated its mission to protect our air, land and water; preserve our unique natural and historic places; and provide recreational and learning opportunities for everyone.

Our rivers, lakes, prairies and the aquatic life swimming in those waters; the air we breathe; the deer and other wildlife thriving in the woods; the water we drink; and those beautiful wildflowers are the natural resources that we cherish. If these resources are affected by a release of oil or a hazardous waste substance, the department looks for ways to fix that damage.

About the Natural Resource Damages Program

In 1998, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources established a Natural Resource Damages program. The director of the department 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.

The core philosophy encompassing natural resource damages is that 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 as a natural resource trustee, the department has the duty and responsibility to protect these resources. 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.

There are several approaches to assessing and restoring injured natural resources. One approach is the cooperative-based restoration approach. This approach focuses on restoration with the trustees and responsible parties working together through cooperative assessment agreements. A second approach is settlement negotiations. Settlements should include the cost of restoring the natural resources; the cost of the lost use of the resources; and the cost incurred by the trustees to assess the injuries. If a settlement cannot be reached, the trustees can conduct a formal Natural Resource Damages assessment and proceed with litigation. Learn more about specific areas of the state with natural resource damages.

Notice of Public Meeting Announcing Plans to Restore the Little St. Francis River Pile at the Madison County Mines Site, Madison County, Mo

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, acting as trustees for natural resources, invite the public to an informational meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, to learn about the trustees’ proposal to restore natural resources at the Little St. Francis River Pile site in Fredericktown. The meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Black River Electric Cooperative, 2600 Highway 67, Fredericktown. The trustees propose to utilize American Smelting and Refining Company restoration funds to restore native floodplain forest at the former Little St. Francis River Pile mine site and adjacent area, a part of the larger Madison County Mines site. The draft proposal discusses how the city owned site will be restored to forest and protected following the completion of planned cleanup activities by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Planned restoration activities include tree planting, spraying for invasive species, monitoring the success of plantings, and long term protection of the site by the city of Fredericktown.

Comments and input from the public on the draft restoration proposal are encouraged and will be accepted for a 30-day time period after release of the proposal.

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Notice of Public Meetings Announcing Groundwater Restoration Request for Proposals--Springfield and Kansas City, Mo

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources hosted two informational meetings to learn about a request for proposals for natural resource restoration in the Kansas City and Springfield, Mo areas. 

Department representatives presented information on a request for proposals to restore or benefit natural resources including groundwater, riparian corridors, streams, floodplains and wetlands in the Kansas City and Springfield areas. Funding for the restoration projects comes from the bankruptcy and related litigation involving Anadarko and Tronox. 
The department developed the Missouri Statewide Groundwater Restoration Plan (MSGRP) to guide the implementation of restoration and protection projects addressing injuries to the state’s groundwater. Eligible projects should restore, protect and preserve the state’s groundwater resources.

More information on the natural resource damages assessment and restoration process, including the MSGRP, is available on this website.

Request for Proposals - Springfield and Kansas City

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources as the Natural Resource Damages trustee is releasing two Request for Proposals (RFPs), to fund groundwater restoration in the Kansas City and Springfield area. These Request for Proposals for compensatory groundwater restoration projects relates from recovered natural resource monetary damages through the former Kerr-McGee Corporation (Anadarko Petroleum Corporation) facilities in Missouri.

The RFPs are seeking respondents that can implement successful programs and projects of compensatory environmental groundwater restoration within the vicinity of the injured groundwater that was the source of the recovered funds. The targeted programs and projects will compensate for groundwater resources injured by the release of hazardous substances associated with the former Kerr McGee facility in Springfield and Kansas City.

The department will accept project proposals as outlined in the RFPs for a 30-day time period, from Sept. 3, 2016, through Oct. 3, 2016. The department will host a webinar to answer questions regarding the RFPs on Sept. 9, 2016 with the Springfield RFP webinar at 10 a.m. and the Kansas City webinar at 11:15 a.m.

MoDNR Question and Answer Responses to Springfield RFP Submittals - 9/15/16

Springfield Request for Groundwater Restoration Proposals

Kansas City Request for Groundwater Restoration Proposals

Missouri State Groundwater Restoration Plan

Learn more about NRD Groundwater Restoration Planning

Southeast Missouri Natural Resource Damages

Learn more about NRD in southeast Missouri

Southwest Missouri Natural Resources Damages

Learn more about NRD in southwest Missouri

Natural Resource Damages Agreements and Quality Assurance


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