Water Protection Program
Missouri Nonpoint Source Management Plan
Section 319 of the Clean Water Act establishes a national program to address nonpoint sources of water pollution, which are the leading causes of water quality degradation in the United States. Section 319(h) of the Clean Water Act specifically authorizes EPA to award grants to states with approved Nonpoint Source Management Program Plans. As required by Section 319(h), each state’s Nonpoint Source Management Program Plan describes the state program for nonpoint source management and serves as the basis for how funds are spent.
The document is revised every five years to reflect current conditions. Please contact the Department of Natural Resources' Water Protection Program at 573-751-1300 or 573-751-7428 for more information.
From 2011 through 2013, EPA conducted a national reform of the 319 Nonpoint Source Management Program. All state programs, including Missouri's, are impacted by the reform and are undergoing changes. A new nonpoint source management plan is in development to reflect new state and national priorities.
Water quality partners and stakeholders will be invited to participate in developing Missouri's new plan to restore and protect waters impacted by nonpoint source pollution. Public comments will also be solicited. The entire process, including approval by the Missouri attorney general's office, will take place from 2013 to 2014. New develpments and a tentative schedule will be posted to this page as the infomration becomes available. Links will also be provided on the department's Water Protection Forum website.
State of Missouri Nonpoint Source Management Plan May 5, 2004 (currently under revision)
Table of Contents
Includes Forward, Acknowledgements, Table of Contents, Directory of Acronyms and Executive Summary.
II. Nine Key Elements of an Effective State Program - Missouri's Approach
The Environmental Protection Agency described the key elements considered essential for inclusion in each state's nonpoint source management programs. This section describes how Missouri meets each of those elements.
III. Missouri's Nonpoint Source Management Plan, or NPSMP
This section contains the goals and objectives of the state in addressing nonpoint source water pollution. Also included are strategic plans from various agencies involved in addressing this topic.
IV. Nonpoint Source Management Prioritization
To focus restoration and protection efforts, priorities have been established based on type of pollutant, source and the water (stream, lake or river) involved.
V. Nonpoint Source Assessment
This section describes various assessment efforts across the state to identify nonpoint source water pollution concerns, including ambient water quality monitoring, fish tissue testing and volunteer monitoring.
VI. Total Maximum Daily Loads, the 303(d) List and Voluntary Water Quality Management Plans
Waters that do not meet their designated beneficial use, referred to as "impaired" waters, have particular regulations that apply regarding restoration of that water. This section describes this process and the strategy Missouri has for addressing those regulations for water impaired by nonpoint sources.
A variety of funding sources are used to do work on nonpoint source water pollution issues, as described in this section.
This section identifies, in table form, the steps to be taken to meet the goals and objectives described in Section III.
IX. Each appendix addresses a specific aspect of water quality and nonpoint source water pollution.
A. Nine Key Elements
B. Plan Development and Review
C. Legal Certification
D. Consistency Review
E. Nonpoint Source Categories
F. Section 303(d) Waters
G. Streams Designated for Cold Water Sport Fishery
H. Waters with Water Quality Problems Not Quite Severe Enough to be Placed on the 303(d)
I. Watershed Implementation
J. Implementation Assistance
K. Proposed Water Quality Monitoring Program for Missouri
L. Section 319 and the Clean Lakes Program