News Release 215

Missouri Department of Natural Resources awards $180,200 to Jefferson County for watershed management project

Volume 39-215 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, JUNE 23, 2011 –The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded $180,200 to the Jefferson County Stormwater Management Division and the Belews Creek Watershed Partnership to implement the watershed management plan for the Belews Creek watershed in Jefferson County.

The Belews Creek watershed management plan implementation project will address goals identified in the watershed management plan, including streambank stabilization, improvement to riparian corridors within the watershed, increased mapping of sinkholes in the watershed, providing information to the public on proper treatment of sinkholes, and increased education on maintenance and repair to onsite waste management systems.

A demonstration project to improve an erosion problem behind the Jefferson County Administration Building will also be a part of this grant. The grant will help fund improvements to the watershed as noted above, as well as public meetings, educational materials and personnel expenses.

A match of $120,000 will be provided by Jefferson County and the Belews Creek Watershed Partnership, bringing the total cost to $300,333. Project completion is expected by March 2015.

Partners in this collaborative effort include the city of Hillsboro, Stream Teams and Volunteer Citizens, Jefferson County Community Services, Department of Conservation, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and Jefferson College.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, through the Department of Natural Resources, has provided funding for this project under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act. The department’s Water Protection Program will administer the grant funds. The department is committed to working closely with communities and businesses to assist with funding efforts that improve water quality in Missouri. For more information, contact the Water Protection Program at P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102 or call 800-361-4827 or 573-751-1300.