Overapplication of treated wastewater reported at Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park

For more information: 573-751-1010
Volume 37-394 For Immediate Release: Oct. 21, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is investigating the overapplication of treated wastewater onto a spray field because of a pump malfunction at Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park in Wildwood.

The pump that operated the spray application for a recently refurbished lagoon in the park was being tested and was turned on Friday afternoon. The timer for the pump apparently failed and the effluent continued to be applied to the spray field until the error was discovered and corrected on Sunday.

The lagoon and spray field serve the Jacob L. Babler Outdoor Education Center at the park. The lagoon and spray field are located downstream from the OEC and in an area that is not used by the OEC participants.

Staff from the department's St. Louis Regional Office were onsite Monday and were checking a nearby dry creek bed that may have been affected by the excess water. Staff did not find any environmental damage to the creek and there did not appear to be any environmental problems associated with Wild Horse Creek where the tributary joins it.

Park staff are in touch with the appropriate entities to determine why the pump failed and take any corrective actions that need to be made to prevent the overapplication of treated wastewater from occurring again.

Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park is located at 800 Guy Park Drive in Wildwood. For more information, contact the park at 636-458-3813 or the department at 800-334-6946.

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