News Release 247
Gov. Nixon announced Missouri Botanical Garden received a $390,466 grant to improve water quality in the Deer Creek Watershed
Volume 37-247 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Renee Bungart
JEFFERSON CITY, MO, AUG. 11, 2009 -- Gov. Jay Nixon announced the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded the Missouri Botanical Garden a $390,466 grant. During tough economic times, this infusion of grant funding will help protect citizens and the environment by improving water quality in the Deer Creek Watershed through the Missouri Botanical Garden Deer Creek Watershed Initiative project.
Deer Creek originates near Creve Coeur and flows southwest approximately 10.8 miles before it enters the River des Peres at Maplewood. The Deer Creek watershed encompasses multiple municipalities and includes Deer Creek, Two-Mile Creek, Sebago Creek, Shady Grove Creek and Black Creek.
Water quality threats include Stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces, debris and trash, sediment from stream bed and bank erosion, and pollutants associated with combined sewer overflows and storm sewer discharges. Due to the amount of urbanization and high percentage of impervious surface in the area, the streams within the Deer Creek watershed tend to be flashy. A majority of the structures affected include commercial structures (such as manufacturing buildings, industrial parks, warehousing, distributions and retail shops) and residential structures.
The goal of the watershed initiative is to reduce organic waste pollution in the Deer Creek watershed, primarily though the implementation of bioretention or rain gardens and other green infrastructure methods. Initiative strategies include work with schools, demonstration projects, data collection and community outreach in partnership with various entities throughout the region.
The Missouri Botanical Garden in cooperation with partnerships will achieve the goals of reducing organic waste pollution through the following:
- Increase public awareness of water quality issues and their role in improving area streams, particularly as it pertains to organic waste.
- Confirm, identify and quantify the timing and magnitude of organic related pollutants in Deer Creek.
- Develop a nine-element watershed management plan for Deer Creek watershed.
- Reduce organic pollutant loads through educational and rain garden demonstration efforts.
- Build and strengthen existing partnerships to foster a cooperative atmosphere to advance water quality issues in the St. Louis area.
The Missouri Botanical Garden and partners will provide a match contribution of $260,363 over the life of the project bringing the total cost of the project to $650,829. Project completion is expected by December 31, 2011. Contributing partnerships in this collaborative effort include the St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District, Washington University, East-West Gateway Council of Governments, the Soil and Water Conservation District, American Society of Civil Engineers, Great River Greenway District, Missouri Department of Conservation and local municipalities and nonprofit organizations.
The Environmental Protection Agency Region 7, through the Department of Natural Resources, has provided partial funding for this project under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act. The grant funds will be administered by the Department's Water Protection Program. The Department is committed to working closely with communities and businesses to assist with funding efforts that will improve water quality in Missouri as well as provide a financial savings.
For more information, contact the Department's Water Protection Program at P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102 or by calling at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-1300.