Gov. Nixon announced Bolivar Community Watershed Improvement Group received a $15,000 grant for watershed planning

For more information: 573-751-1010
Volume 37-261 For Immediate Release: Aug. 18, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, -- Gov. Jay Nixon announced the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded a $15,000 grant to the Bolivar Community Watershed Improvement Group in Polk County.  During tough economic times, this infusion of grant funding will help the county protect its citizens and the environment by improving water quality.

This grant will support the development of a watershed management plan for the Town Branch of Piper Creek sub-watershed.  Town Branch of Piper Creek is listed on the Missouri 303(d) List of Impaired Waters.  The watershed management plan will help protect and improve water quality in the Town Branch of Piper Creek sub-watershed by identifying pollutant sources, identifying appropriate management practices, setting reachable goals, a timeline for implementation and establishing evaluation and monitoring programs.  The Bolivar Community Watershed Improvement Group will work with local partners to assist and coordinate development of the watershed management plan.  The grant will help fund public planning meetings, hire a planning consultant and accountant, and monitor stream water quality.

The group will provide a matching contribution of $10,000 over the life of the project bringing the total cost of the project to $25,000.  The group expects to complete the project in July 2011. 

Partners in this collaborative effort include the City of Bolivar, Polk County Commission, Polk County Soil and Water Conservation District, Natural Resources Conservation Service and the University of Missouri Extension.

The Environmental Protection Agency's Region 7, through the Department of Natural Resources, has provided partial funding for this project under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act. The Department's Water Protection Program will administer the grant funds.  The Department is committed to working closely with communities and businesses to assist with funding efforts that 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 of call 800-361-4827 or 573-751-1300.