News Release 450

Department of Natural Resources invites comments on plan to protect Cave Springs Branch in McDonald County

Volume 38-450 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer
573-751-3807

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, AUG. 6, 2010 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is seeking comments on a draft plan to improve water quality in Cave Springs Branch, located near Southwest City in McDonald County.

The goals set for the Cave Springs Branch are part of a total maximum daily load study, frequently referred to as a TMDL, which describes pollutant reductions needed to improve water quality in the creek.

The department has determined that Cave Springs Branch does not meet water quality standards due to nutrients and has placed it 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 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 Cave Springs Branch document proposes targets for total nitrogen and total phosphorus to improve the water quality of the creek. The information sheet for the study also includes background information on the creek, provides an overview of the situation and usually includes data and map of the creek.      

Copies of the Cave Springs Branch 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 department’s website at dnr.mo.gov/env/wpp/tmdl/index.html.

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 study through Sept. 13.

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

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