News Release 143

Department of Natural Resources awards $10,000 to Lake Area Industries

Volume 39-143 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded $10,000 to Lake Area Industries’ Gifted Gardens to help reduce stormwater-related water pollution in the Lake of the Ozarks area.

The grant will fund a project to help Gifted Gardens implement and demonstrate a variety of practices such as swales, rain gardens and native plantings to reduce stormwater related water pollution. The project will also host educational workshops and provide staff training on rain garden design, implementation and native plantings.
Lake Area Industries sheltered workshop in Camdenton provides education and employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. It offers a variety of manufacturing and commercial services, including Gifted Gardens, a horticultural greenhouse and nursery facility that grows and sells flowers, garden vegetables and other plants for the surrounding community.

Lake Area Industries will provide a match contribution of $6,700 over the life of the project bringing the total cost to $16,700. Lake Area Industries expects to complete this project by April 2014.

Partners in this collaborative effort include Ameren Missouri, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Lake Area Master Gardeners, Missouri Department of Conservation and Gifted Gardens staff.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region 7 has provided partial funding for this project under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act. The Department of Natural Resources’ 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.