News Release 183

Public invited to comment on plan to protect waterways near Viburnum

Volume 38-183 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, APRIL 1, 2010 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is seeking comments on a draft plan to improve water quality in Indian Creek and one of its tributaries, and Courtois Creek in Washington and Crawford counties near Viburnum.

The plan, which is part of a total maximum daily load document, describes pollutant reductions needed to improve water quality in the three waterways.

The department has determined the three waterways do not meet water quality standards due to lead and zinc 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 Indian Creek, tributary to Indian Creek, and Courtois Creek study proposes targets for lead and zinc to improve the water quality of the creeks.  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 bodies.

Copies of the Indian Creek, Tributary to Indian Creek and Courtois 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 if they have concerns regarding the content of this document or if they would like to provide written support for the process.  The program will accept written comments regarding the Indian Creek, Tributary to Indian Creek, and Courtois Creek study through May 7.

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, phone number).