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Last updated Nov. 27, 2017

The department’s Natural Resource Damages program is charged with assessing injuries to and restoring public natural resources that have been injured by environmental hazards such as oil discharges and hazardous substances releases.

NewPublic Meeting Notice for Jasper and Newton Counties (posted 11/27/17)

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service will hold a public meeting to share the status of ongoing restoration of mined land around the region, and plans for future restoration projects in Jasper County. Department staff will be introducing a proposed amendment to the Springfield Plateau Regional Restoration Plan. The proposed amendment describes and alternative process for selecting restoration projects on formerly contaminated mine lands.

When: Dec. 11, 2017, 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Billingsly Student Center, Room 309, Missouri Southern State University, 3950 E. Newman Road, Joplin

Public participation is an important part of the Natural Resource Restoration process. Input from the public on future restoration projects is encouraged and will be accepted at the meeting during a break out availability session as well as through comment cards available to all in attendance.

Springfield Plateau Regional Restoration Plan Amendment
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are proposing to amend the Springfield Plateau Regional Restoration Plan. The Trustees have developed this amendment to streamline the development and implementation of primary restoration projects intended to restore injured natural resources. The Trustees propose an additional method by which primary restoration projects may be submitted by the Trustees in conjunction with robust public review and comment.

NewAgencies Release Compost Pilot Study Technical Report (posted 11/21/17)

The Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conducted a pilot study to evaluate the potential environmental benefits and impacts of using composted manure products as a soil amendment on remediated lead and zinc mine lands. Different compost mixtures composed of cattle manure, poultry litter, municipal biosolids, woodchips and conventional fertilizers were tested in both upland and wetland soils. Test plots were established using the different compost mixtures and were sampled to evaluate potential contaminants in stormwater runoff, changes in bioavailability and plant uptake of soil metals, and plant growth and diversity. This report details the results of that pilot study.

Agencies Release Draft Plan to Evaluate Injury to Mussels by Metals in the Tri-State Mining District

This study is part of an ongoing Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration process for the Tri-State Mining District (TSMD) conducted by co-trustees, who, for the Missouri portion of the mining district, include the Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). The co-trustees for Missouri are making the draft addendum to the Tri-State Assessment Plan - Mussel Sampling and Analysis Plan available for public review and comment.

This addendum provides information on the sampling and analysis planned by the trustees involved in developing Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration (NRDAR) claims in the TSMD.

The Jasper and Newton County Superfund sites in Missouri are part of the TSMD. These sites were mined extensively for lead and zinc for more than a century. As a consequence of the mining and mining-related activities, large amounts of metals were released into the environment in the TSMD. The main metals of concern; lead, cadmium and zinc, are potentially toxic to a wide variety of organisms, including birds, mammals, fish, mussels and other biota.

The addendum can be downloaded from the USFWS website at:

fws.gov/midwest/es/ec/nrda/MoTriState/index.html

 

Restoration Awards Granted

Jasper County Primary Acquisition Project - The Missouri Natural Resource Trustees (Trustees) released a request for proposals in July 2013 seeking applicants to purchase remediated mine waste areas in Jasper County. The funding for this project was recovered as a result of a Natural Resource Damages settlement with the mining company ASARCO. The Trustees elected to award the entire $3,000,000 to the city of Webb City for their proposed project in the Center Creek Bottoms area, which will include approximately 1,000 acres of land. These lands, much of which previously contained mine waste, will be maintained as parks in native habitat owned by the city.

Upland Compensatory Restoration Project - The department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service awarded the Missouri Prairie Foundation $750,000 to purchase and restore prairie in Jasper and Newton counties, in southwest Missouri. The funding for this project was recovered as a result of a Natural Resource Damages settlement with the mining company ASARCO, and was advertised in a request for proposals in July 2013. The Missouri Prairie Foundation is an established non-profit land trust that has operated in Missouri for nearly 50 years, specializing in the restoration and management of native prairie.

Springfield Plateau Regional Restoration Plan

The Springfield Plateau Regional Restoration Plan describes and explains options for restoring natural resources that were harmed by mining operations in the Springfield Plateau of southwest Missouri.

Jasper and Newton Counties Mine Tailings Superfund Sites

Contact Information

Mr. Eric Gramlich
CERCLA/OPA NRDAR Section Chief
Missouri Department of Natural Resources,
P.O. Box 176
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176
573- 522-1347
Email: eric.gramlich@dnr.mo.gov or

Mr. John Weber
Environmental Contaminants Specialist
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
101 Park DeVille Dr. Suite A
Columbia, MO 65203

 

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