Table of Contents

Water Quality Circle
Education/Certification, Planning, Restoration, Implementation Actions

Abstract of Water Quality Planning

  • Section 1: Introduction
    Nine Required Elements, Description of Missouri's Water Quality Management Process, and Web Sites / References
  • Section 2: Nine Continuing Planning Process Elements
    • Element 1
      This element identifies the process for developing effluent limitations and schedules of compliance as required by the Clean Water Act (the Act) and applicable Water Quality Standards (Water Quality Standards) for the program referred to as the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES).
    • Element 2
      Public entities, whether or not they are designated authorities, can take advantage of public funding and financing for regional wastewater treatment facilities. Missouri's delegated funding authority under the Clean Water State Revolving Fund for area-wide waste treatment project loans and grants encourages districts and communities to design and build wastewater treatment collection systems.
    • Element 3
      This element discusses water quality standards and water quality-based effluent limitations. Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) are plans established under the Clean Water Act to ensure that a water body will attain and maintain state Water Quality Standards. The TMDL process begins with the determination of which waters do not meet WQS after the implementation of technology-based controls.
    • Element 4
      This element identifies the basic activities/processes for evaluating, updating and maintaining Missouri's water quality, including geographic information systems (GIS), water quality information systems (WQIS) and watershed planning.
    • Element 5
      This element documents the continuing planning authority for intergovernmental cooperation in the implementation of the state's water quality management program. Water Quality Coordinating Committee Meetings provide opportunities for the public, and local agencies and associations to discuss water quality issues and support improvements.
    • Element 6
      This process is designed to provide adequate implementation of new or revised water quality standards. One of several elements included in the Water Quality Standards process is the public hearing held by the Missouri Clean Water Commission on proposed changes to water quality. The commission is a six-member, bipartisan policy-making body representing various interests prescribed in Missouri's Clean Water Law.
    • Element 7
      This element discusses sludge or biosolids. Assuring adequate controls over the disposition of all residual waste or sludge from any water treatment processing is authorized under state authority by adding sludge requirements during the permitting process. Guidance has been developed for permittees designed to promote safe use and disposal of biosolids.
    • Element 8
      This element discusses future needs for water quality protection facilities. The water quality needs of communities are significant. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources maintains an inventory of identified public wastewater works construction needs. A need is a cost estimate for a project eligible for Clean Water State Revolving Fund loans and state grants.
    • Element 9
      This element discusses the permitting process. The department makes decisions regarding construction and operating permit applications within time lines established under Missouri Clean Water Law. Construction permits and first-time operating permits are not issued until an applicant provides proof to the department that a permanent organization exists that will serve as a continuing authority for the facility.
  • Section 3: Future Developments
    The Water Pollution Control Program (WPCP) of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (the department) is responsible to the citizens of Missouri for implementing the regulations set by the Clean Water Commission. This section includes a summary of each program section and comments on future challenges.

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