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News Release 195

Contact: Gena Terlizzi, 573-751-1010
                gena.terlizzi@dnr.mo.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 14, 2014 Volume 42-14-195 

Department to hold public meeting on natural restoration proposals

Jefferson City, Mo. - The Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are holding a public meeting Oct. 15 to discuss restoration project proposals in Southeast Missouri.

This meeting’s purpose is to introduce a request for proposals for riparian, floodplain and wetland restoration projects in the Big and Black River watersheds of Southeast Missouri. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service are acting jointly as Trustees for Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration to begin the process of restoring natural resources injured by the release of hazardous substances from ASARCO’s lead and zinc mining and smelting operations in southeast Missouri.

Natural resources injured by ASARCO’s operations include fish, crayfish, mussels, migratory songbirds, surface water, and soils.

This meeting will be held at Mineral Area College’s North College Center, 5270 Flat River Road, in Park Hills on Oct. 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. It will feature a brief presentation from the Department of Natural Resources and the Fish and Wildlife Service, and include a question and answer session.

The department works closely with federal conservation agencies such as the Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service to meet their goals of working to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. For more information on Natural Resource Damage Assessment Program and other opportunities for funding restorations, visit http://dnr.mo.gov/env/hwp/sfund/nrda.htm.

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