Our Missouri Waters
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
Missouri has been traditionally blessed with abundant and diverse water resources like few other states in the nation. The quality of life for each Missourian can be closely tied to the health of our state’s natural resources. Ensuring we are able to enjoy our Missouri waters today as well as ensure the same for future generations is the essence of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ mission.
Creating a rich legacy for our state’s waters can be a daunting task, which is why we simply can’t complete this alone. Missouri’s waters belong to all of us. The department's Our Missouri Waters effort bring together an engaged local citizenry and good science to provide the perfect balance to create the best path forward to improve and maintain healthy waterways.
A watershed is an area of land that drains water into a particular lake, river or wetland. Learn about the benefits of a healthy watershed, why your watershed is important and how you can help protect our watersheds.
Our Missouri waters include 66 watersheds across the state. The department has established a list of priority watersheds that will be brought into focus each year until it all 66 watersheds have been evaluated within a five-year cycle. The department is also working to establish a Watershed Advisory Committee in more than 40 of the 66 HUC-8 watersheds across the state by the end of 2016. Learn more about the advisory committee the current focus watersheds.
Upcoming Watershed Meetings
If your local community is hosting a meeting or event to focus on watershed efforts, please contact one of our watershed coordinators to let us know. The department will continue to add local watershed meetings to this calendar as we learn about them.
State Water Planning
The department's Missouri Geological Survey and Water Resources staff are in the planning process to update a complete and comprehensive State Water Plan for Missouri. The process typically takes 2 to 5 years to complete and requires extensive involvement from all of Missouri’s water users, our stakeholders. Once the efforts begin, the department will work with a consultant to facilitate the discussions that will help characterize Missouri’s water resources including surface and groundwater, quality and quantity. In addition, the department will need to quantitatively define how those water resources are currently used – are they underutilized, overutilitized or sustainably utilized. The department will also need to define all water users, their current needs, predict or model their future needs and ensure all of their needs are met. Learn more about state water planning.
Water Quality Assessment
To ensure Our Missouri Waters are protected, Missouri revised its water quality standards to extend the Clean Water Act protections to more than 115,000 miles of streams and rivers and 3,080 lakes and reservoirs.This is an increase of more than four times the number of waters previously protected. Learn more about water quality assessment.