Continuing Planning Process
Element 2 - Strategic Planning for Future Development
Through viable waste treatment plans and practices, as well as basin project plans, and Loans and Grants, the department encourages communities to build the most appropriate wastewater treatment systems. The department is building on the area wide wastewater treatment and basin planning of the past, under 208/209 area-wide planning, to help facilitate the Department's Our Missouri Waters Initiative. Watershed-based management effort will include permitting, effluent trading, water quality and biological monitoring and assessment, inspections, Non-Point Source 319 and State Revolving Funds, (SRF) including Water Resource and the Soil and Water Conservation projects.
The watershed approach allows the Department to comprehensively address watershed-specific issues throughout the 66 watersheds, using several tools of the department, whether located in the Water Protection Program, the Water Resources Program, or ,the Soil and Water Conservation Program. This allows solutions to be tailored to specific needs rather than a 'one size fits all' approach. This approach allows for measurable results so continued improvements can be made in water protection activities. The end result should be a systematic approach to evaluating each watershed and applying solutions, including permitting of point sources within the watershed.
The Department began work with the Our Missouri Waters in three pilot watersheds in 2013. The Department continues to expand the Our Missouri Waters program into the remaining watersheds with twelve or thirteen added each year, until all 66 watersheds are integrated into Our Missouri Waters. The state's delegated funding authority under the Clean Water State Revolving Fund for project loans and grants for area-wide waste treatment includes funding set aside for work in the pilot watersheds and provides money for smaller communities for engineering grants, which is intended to encourage districts and communities to plan design and build future wastewater treatment collection systems needed to serve their communities.To successfully complete planning now and into the future, the department must continue to engage in public participation, both on a local, community level and, with a regional, watershed approach, for long term planning and implementation. Stakeholder involvement on what the priorities are and how planning should occur is ongoing and necessary for complete preparation and results.