News Release 096

Public invited to comment on plan to protect Marmaton River, Little Drywood Creek in Vernon County

Volume 38-096 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, MARCH 4, 2010 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is seeking comments on a draft plan to improve water quality in the Marmaton River and Little Drywood Creek study area near Nevada in Vernon County.

The plan, known as a Total Maximum Daily Load document, describes pollutant reductions needed to improve water quality in the Marmaton River and Little Drywood Creek study area.

The department has determined the two waterways do not meet water quality standards due to low dissolved oxygen levels and has placed them on Missouri's 2008 list of impaired waters.

Section 303(d) of the federal Clean Water Act requires the department to establish a list of impaired waters and to develop improvement plans for those waterways included on the list. A Total Maximum Daily Load document is a study of the impaired water that establishes the maximum amount of a pollutant the water can absorb before its quality is affected.

The study process works best when local citizens come together to understand and identify problems in their watershed, and help develop the most effective solution for reducing water pollution and developing a successful watershed management plan.

The draft Marmaton River and Little Drywood Creek study proposes targets for total suspended solids, total nitrogen, total phosphorus and biochemical oxygen demand to improve the water quality of the river and creek.

The information sheet for the study also includes background information on the water ways and provides an overview of the situation. It also usually includes a data sheet and map of the water body.

Copies of the Marmaton River and Little Drywood Creek study and supporting documents can be obtained by calling the department's Water Protection Program at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-6623 or by visiting the website at

The public is encouraged to participate in this process and provide comments if they have concerns with this study or they may provide written support for the process. The program will accept written comments regarding the Marmaton River and Little Drywood Creek study through March 21.

Comments should be sent to the Department of Natural Resources, Water Protection Program, Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Section, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176. Send email comments to Emails should include the contact information of the sender (i.e., name, mailing address, telephone number).