Missouri Focus Watersheds
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
Understanding what’s going on and what’s important in a watershed takes a team approach. The department and other agencies collect information that helps provide a characterization of the watershed. However, that’s just the first step in truly understanding and planning a course of action that’s practical and effective.
Information must be shared with local citizens that know their watershed better than most. By sharing information and building a common understanding of the watershed and its priorities, local citizens and resource agencies can then work together to build practical, obtainable goals and action plans to ensure clean and abundant water for generations to come. As actions are implemented, progress can then be measured to understand if the course of action is having the desired effect. Using information gained about progress, the partners can then adapt and adjust action plans to ensure continuous improvement and progress is made toward their shared goals.
Local Watershed Engagement are the Key to Watershed Success
Through a series of public meetings, each committee will share and discuss information about their watershed, document concerns, establish priorities with the public and interested stakeholders. Public participation and attendance at the watershed meetings plays a vital role in Missouri's water success. These meetings have proven to be successful and aid in building a shared knowledge base and understanding of local water resources.
Following the public meetings, the committees develop a Healthy Watershed Plan. The plan documents their discussions, the priorities and goals the members have outlined for the watershed and the next steps members feel are necessary to reach their goals. Together, we will complete demonstration projects that will highlight how the collaboration between the department and its resources and external partner and their resources can improve outcomes for local communities.
With your help, we have made great strides in bringing into focus the shared vision for water resources within these watersheds.
Current Focus Watersheds
The department has completed a State of Our Missouri Waters Summary for the current focus watersheds. The summaries provide information about the activities happening on the land and water and how they can influence water quality and quantity. The department greatly values local input and engagement and will continue to seek local guidance to further focus the department's efforts and funding strategies for the betterment of Missouri's waters. Several of the Watershed Advisory Committees have completed the Collaborative Watershed Process and their Healthy Watershed Plan. Learn more about the focus watersheds and their plans below.
Lower Grand Watershed
Lower Missouri Watershed
Lower Missouri-Crooked Watershed
Lower Missouri-Moreau Wateshed
North Fork Salt Watershed
South Fork Salt Watershed
Upper Mississippi-Cape Girardeau Watershed