Learn about Watersheds
Focus Watersheds
State Water Planning
Water Quality Assessment

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Missouri Waters includes 66 watersheds, 115,000 miles of streams and rivers and 3,080 lakes and reservoirs.

Contact Your Local Watershed Coordinator

Northeast Region Watershed Coordinator -
      Mary Culler, 660-385-8000
Kansas City Region Watershed Coordinator -
      Crew Schuster, 816-251-0798
St. Louis Region Watershed Coordinator -
      Tracy Haag, 314-416-2960
Southeast Region Watershed Coordinator -
      Paden Grant, 573-840-9054
Southwest Region Watershed Coordinator -
      Gwenda Bassett, 417-891-4300

Missouri has been traditionally blessed with abundant and diverse water resources like few other states in the nation. The quality of life for each Missourian can be closely tied to the health of our state’s natural resources. Ensuring we are able to enjoy our Missouri waters today as well as ensure the same for future generations is the essence of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ mission.

Creating a rich legacy for our state’s waters can be a daunting task, which is why we simply can’t complete this alone. Missouri’s waters belong to all of us. The department brings together an engaged local citizenry and good science to provide the perfect balance to create the best path forward to improve and maintain healthy waterways.


A watershed is an area of land that drains water into a particular lake, river or wetland. Learn about the benefits of a healthy watershed, why your watershed is important and how you can help protect our watersheds.

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Focus Watersheds

Missouri waters include 66 watersheds across the state. The department has established a list of priority watersheds that will be brought into focus each year until it all 66 watersheds have been evaluated within a five-year cycle. Learn more about these watersheds.

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Upcoming Watershed Meetings

If your local community is hosting a meeting or event to focus on watershed efforts, please contact one of our watershed coordinators to let us know. The department will continue to add local watershed meetings to this calendar as we learn about them.

Missouri Water Plan

Missouri's Water Plan is a comprehensive guide for decision-making and to set a vision for future water resource management and development in Missouri. The water plan includes an inventory of water use and availability as it relates to all water use sectors, and gathers stakeholder input to guide priority water resource development for the future. Learn more about state water planning.

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Water Quality Assessment

To ensure Our Missouri Waters are protected, Missouri revised its water quality standards to extend the Clean Water Act protections to more than 115,000 miles of streams and rivers and 3,080 lakes and reservoirs.This is an increase of more than four times the number of waters previously protected. Learn more about water quality assessment.

Learn More About Water Quality Assessment