News Release 386

Clean Water Commission to discuss water quality, funding issues

Volume 38-386 (For Immediate Release)
Contact:  Renee Bungart
573-751-4465

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, JUNE 29, 2010—The Missouri Clean Water Commission will meet July 7 to discuss water issues and hold public hearings on funding opportunities and the proposed impaired water list.

The meeting will be held at 9 a.m. at the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Conference Center, 1730 E. Elm St., Jefferson City.

The commission will hold public hearings on the proposed 2010 303(d) List, the methodology for the development of the 2012 303(d) list and the 2011 State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan.

The proposed 2010 303(d) List is a list of waters that are not meeting water quality standards and for which adequate water pollution controls have not been required.  The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is required by section 303(d) of the federal Clean Water Act to develop the list every two years.   The department is accepting public comment on the proposed 303(d) list until 5 p.m. July 14. 

The department is also accepting public comments at the meeting on the draft Intended Use Plan for the 2011 Clean Water State Revolving Fund.  This plan describes how the department intends to use federal and state funds to make low-interest loans and grants to wastewater systems.  The department anticipates approximately $151 million available this year for financing wastewater systems.  These loans help systems improve infrastructure, comply with the federal Clean Water Act, and protect and improve water quality. The interest rate on the available loan funds will be approximately 30 percent of the interest rate offered on a market rate loan.  A copy of the draft clean water intended use plan is available on the department’s website at dnr.mo.gov/env/wpp/srf/wastewater-assistance.htm.

At this meeting, the Department of Natural Resources will request the commission refer Baker Subdivision of Callaway County and Bonnie Parr Mobile Home Park of Dunklin County to the Missouri Attorney General for clean water violations

Citizens will have an opportunity to address the commission during open session.

The department requests people intending to give verbal presentations on the proposed public hearing also provide a written copy of their comments to the commission secretary at the time of the public hearing. People requiring special services or accommodations to attend the hearing can make arrangements by calling 800-361-4827 or 573-751-1300. Hearing-impaired individuals may contact the program through Relay Missouri at 800-735-2966.

For more information or a complete meeting agenda, contact the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Water Protection Program at 573-751-1300 or visit dnr.mo.gov/env/wpp/cwc/index.html.

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