The department and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, collectively representing the State of Missouri as a trustee for Missouri’s natural resources, and the U.S. finalized a restoration plan amendment for the Herculaneum Lead Smelter Site. The original 2020 Restoration Plan included transferring approximately 105 acres (the Joachim Creek property) to a Trustee-designated entity, preservation and protection through a perpetual conservation easement and managing the land, including ecological monitoring and potential habitat enhancement. The restoration plan amendment includes endowment funds for administering, monitoring and maintaining the conservation easement and stewardship funds to cover ecological monitoring using funds from the Asarco bankruptcy.
The public can review the final restoration plan amendment below. For more information about the restoration plan or amendment, contact Eric Gramlich.