News Release 160

Department of Natural Resources invites comment on plan to protect waterways in St. Louis, Jackson counties

Volume 39-160 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is seeking comments on draft plans to improve water quality in six metropolitan waterways in St. Louis and Jackson counties.

The plans are part of total maximum daily load studies, which describe pollutant reductions needed to improve water quality in the targeted waterways.

The department determined these waterways do not meet water quality standards due to bacteria levels and were placed on Missouri’s 2010 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 – sometimes referred to as a TMDL – 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.

Below are listed the six waterways, the county in which they are located and the date through which the program will accept comments:

• Watkins Creek, St. Louis County, July 16.
• Gravois Creek, St. Louis County, July 30.
• Creve Coeur Creek, St. Louis County, Aug. 6.
• Fishpot Creek, St. Louis County, Aug. 13.
• Coldwater Creek, St. Louis County, Aug. 13.
• Blue River/Indian Creek, Jackson County, Aug. 20.

The information sheets for these studies also include background information on the creek, provide an overview of the situation and usually include data and a map of the creek. Links to the studies and supporting documents are available online: Copies can be obtained by calling the department’s Water Protection Program at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-7428.

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.

Comments should be sent to the Department of Natural Resources, Water Protection Program, Watershed Protection 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, telephone number).