Water Quality Policy Issues Discussed at Clean Water Forum

On Dec. 19, 2005, more than 100 representatives with an interest in clean water attended the Missouri Clean Water Forum in Jefferson City, hosted by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Attendees representing agriculture, municipalities, industry, environmental groups, consultants and environmental attorneys broke into discussion groups.

“This forum is to find out what you think are the important issues confronting Missouri,” said Water Protection Program director Ed Galbraith. “I firmly believe that the department must always consider how policy issues affect regulated entities and the public. The greater the magnitude of any decision, the more we must solicit input from those affected interests.”

Favorite issues

Attendees prioritized the issues presented by the department and suggested additional topics. The issues that were selected as the highest priority include

  • Completing the list of impaired waters prepared in accordance with Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act
  • Anti-degradation rules
  • Propose changes consistent with the Clean Water Commission directive for exempting small lagoons and trickling filters at less than 22,500 gallons per day output
  • Effluent limits

Other top issues include

  • Unclassified streams
  • Risk Based Corrective Action
  • Effluent dominated waters
  • Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule

Volunteers were asked to sign up to serve on advisory committees to further discuss the prioritized issues and give feedback to the department’s Water Protection Program.