Healthy soil and abundant geologic resources support a thriving economy for Missouri. The department works to save soil and protect agricultural lands by administering statewide cost-share assistance, district grants and educational programs. We provide direct assistance to the county soil and water conservation districts through grants and training. These efforts are supported by the Parks, Soils and Water Sales Tax.
We work with industry and landowners to minimize environmental and health impacts of mining and return mined land to productive use. Staff provide Earth science information that benefits industry and the public while protecting our health and safety. We interpret the state’s geological setting, help determine the availability of its energy and mineral resources, identify and evaluate geological hazards and regulate well drillers. We define hazardous areas such as those subject to earthquake or catastrophic collapse. Learn more about how we protect Missouri's soil and water quality as well as our geologic resources.