Our Missouri Waters Initiative - Big River Watershed

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The Big River Watershed is located in east-central Missouri and discharges into the Meramec River basin. The Big River has severe biological impairment due to nonpoint source pollution resulting from mining activities in the watershed. Working with watershed partners in the Big River watershed will be critical as the department develops strategies to mitigate water quality problems related to mining.

Big River Watershed Summit

The Big River Watershed Summit Planning Committee held the Big River Watershed Summit on Oct. 9, 2013.

The free event was held at Mineral Area College in the North College Center in Park Hills.

Activities included short presentations and group discussions about priority issues in the Big River Watershed. The goal of the summit is to empower local citizens and to share ways to become more proactive in protecting our water resources.

Displays were on exhibit throughout the summit to provide information about currently ongoing activities in the watershed and resources to use to protect your water resources.

For more information contact Tracy Haag with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources at tracy.haag@dnr.mo.gov or call 314-416-2452.


Big River Watershed small map

Note icon.Additional Information

Big River Watershed fact sheet
Big River Watershed newsletter - Summer 2012
Big River Watershed Information Book

Big River Watershed Summit Oct, 9, 2013 Videos
Big River Watershed Summit Featurette
Ginny Wallace - Welcome / Gil Kennon - Vice-president College Affairs for Mineral Area College
Sara Parker Pauley - Missouri Department of Natural Resources Director
T. R. Dudley, Mayor of Potosi
Ginny Wallace - Turning Point 1
Tim Rielly - Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Ginny Wallace - Discussion Process
Jennifer Hoggatt - Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Ginny Wallace - Discussion final round
Ginny Wallace - Reports from discussion
Ginny Wallace - Turning Point 2
Robert Stout - Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Contact Information

Tracy Haag - email
St. Louis Region Watershed Coordinator
314-416-2960 or

Travis Abernathy - email
Southeast Region Watershed Coordinator

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