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Our Missouri Waters includes 66 watersheds, 115,000 miles of streams and rivers and 3,080 lakes and reservoirs.

Contact Your Local Watershed Coordinator

Northeast Region Watershed Coordinator -
      Mary Culler, 660-385-8000
Kansas City Region Watershed Coordinator -
      Crew Schuster, 816-251-0798
St. Louis Region Watershed Coordinator -
      Tracy Haag, 314-416-2960
Southeast Region Watershed Coordinator -
      Paden Grant, 573-840-9054
Southwest Region Watershed Coordinator -
      Gwenda Bassett, 417-891-4300


The Our Missouri Waters Strategy

Understanding what’s going on and what’s important in a watershed takes a team approach. The department and other agencies collect information that helps provide a characterization of the watershed. However, that’s just the first step in truly understanding and planning a course of action that’s practical and effective.

Information must be shared with local citizens that know their watershed better than most. By sharing information and building a common understanding of the watershed and its priorities, local citizens and resource agencies can then work together to build practical, obtainable goals and action plans to ensure clean and abundant water for generations to come. As actions are implemented, progress can then be measured to understand if the course of action is having the desired effect. Using information gained about progress, the partners can then adapt and adjust action plans to ensure continuous improvement and progress is made toward their shared goals.

Watershed Advisory Committees and Local Engagement are the Key to Watershed Success

The department is working to establish a Watershed Advisory Committee in each of the 66 HUC-8 watersheds across the state. After compiling and sharing the information the department has for the watershed, the Our Missouri Waters framework focuses on a Collaborative Watershed Process to engage local citizens, refine understanding, and set priorities and goals, so action may be taken to reach the stated goals.

Through a series of public meetings, each committee will share and discuss information about their watershed, document concerns, establish priorities with the public and interested stakeholders. Public participation and attendance at the watershed meetings plays a vital role in the success of Our Missouri Waters. These meetings have proven to be successful and aid in building a shared knowledge base and understanding of local water resources.

Following the public meetings, the committees develop a Healthy Watershed Plan. The plan documents their discussions, the priorities and goals the members have outlined for the watershed and the next steps members feel are necessary to reach their goals. Together, we will complete demonstration projects that will highlight how the collaboration between the department and its resources and external partner and their resources can improve outcomes for local communities.

Our Missouri Waters is not just a planning exercise; it’s something much bigger with the promise of greater success. With your help, we have made great strides in bringing into focus the shared vision for water resources within these watersheds.

Current Focus Watersheds

The department has completed a State of Our Missouri Waters Summary for the current focus watersheds. The summaries provide information about the activities happening on the land and water and how they can influence water quality and quantity. The department greatly values local input and engagement and will continue to seek local guidance to further focus the department's efforts and funding strategies for the betterment of Our Missouri Waters. Several of the Watershed Advisory Committees have completed the Collaborative Watershed Process and their Healthy Watershed Plan. Learn more about the focus watersheds and their plans below.

Big Watershed

Independence-Sugar Watershed

Lower Grand Watershed

Lower Missouri Watershed

Lower Missouri-Crooked Watershed

Lower Missouri-Moreau Wateshed

Meramec Watershed

Niangua Watershed

North Fork Salt Watershed

Sac Watershed

Salt Watershed

South Fork Salt Watershed

Spring Watershed

Upper Mississippi-Cape Girardeau Watershed


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