The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, representing the federal natural resources trustee, drafted a proposed amendment to the restoration plan for the Herculaneum Lead Smelter site. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, representing the State of Missouri as the state natural resources trustee, invite the public to review and offer written comments on the draft restoration plan amendment until Oct. 15, 2021. Written comments may be submitted by mail to Dave Mosby, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,101 Park DeVille Drive, Suite A, Columbia, MO 65203 or by email to email@example.com.
The draft restoration plan amendment is a follow up to a restoration plan the trustees finalized in June 2020, which calls for transferring property from the Doe Run Company to a public entity for ecosystem conservation. The amendment calls for funding Land Learning Foundation and Ozark Land Trust. Land Learning Foundation will manage and maintain 105 acres of forest land along Joachim Creek for public benefit. Ozark Land Trust will administer and monitor a conservation easement for the property. The proposed project provides protection and maintenance of high-quality upland and floodplain forest along Joachim Creek in Herculaneum. The property will be protected by conservation easements and management funds to ensure long-term sustainability of the habitat for fish and wildlife resources in and near Herculaneum and Jefferson County. Funding for the proposed restoration projects comes from a settlement with ASARCO LLC for natural resource damages associated with the release of hazardous substances at the West Fork Mine and Mill Complex in Iron County.
The public can review the draft restoration plan amendment below. Public participation is an important part of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration (NRDAR) process. A public meeting about the proposed natural resource project is not planned due to concerns regarding COVID-19. However, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service representatives are available by phone or email to discuss the proposed restoration project described in the draft restoration plan amendment. For more information, please contact Dave Mosby at 573-476-9552. For more information about the Southeast Missouri Lead Mining District and related NRD assessment and restoration projects, visit Fish and Wildlife Service's Natural Resource Damage Assessment, Southeast Missouri Lead Mining District webpage. To sign up for updates, visit What's New in NRDAR.