News Release 116

Pipe break results in release of treated effluent at Cuivre River State Park

Volume 38-116 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., MARCH 11, 2010 – A broken pipe in a system for land-applying treated effluent from a wastewater treatment lagoon resulted in the release of more than 12,000 gallons of effluent into a creek at Cuivre River State Park east of Troy in Lincoln County Wednesday, according to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Park officials notified the department’s St. Louis Regional Office Wednesday afternoon that a park employee discovered the broken pipe at approximately 12:30 p.m. Officials believe that the break was discovered about an hour after it occurred, releasing approximately 12,000 gallons of treated wastewater into an unnamed creek that eventually leads into Lincoln Lake in the park.

Water samples have been taken of the treated wastewater that was discharged to determine if any environmental damage has occurred. Beaches at the lake have been closed. Park staff will continue to warn visitors of the release.

Cuivre River State Park is one of 85 state parks and historic sites operated by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Division of State Parks.

For more information on water quality issues, contact the Department of Natural Resources’ Water Protection Program at 573-751-1300 or 800-361-4827 or visit the department website at

To report an environmental emergency, including sewage overflows, please contact the DNR spill line at 573-634-2436. For more information contact the department at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-3443, or visit the department's Web page at