"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." – Margaret Mead
Missouri’s natural resources efforts certainly looked differently than it did decades ago. In 1974, Missourians recognized how important it was to protect and preserve our great state, and that’s when the Department of Natural Resources was created. Our work to protect Missouri’s natural resources is not a task that can be completed alone. It takes all of us working together to make a difference and obtain our achievements. With your continued support, we can help make Missouri an even better place to live, work and enjoy the great outdoors. We invite you to explore a few of our many success stories.
Flooded land.

Flood Recovery Advisory Working Group

Governor Mike Parson signed Executive Order 19-14 in 2019, establishing Missouri’s Flood Recovery Advisory Working Group in response to significant flooding on the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. In the past decade, the Lower Missouri River Basin has seen its first, second and fourth highest runoff years on record. With more recurrent damage, the Governors of Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska committed to look for innovative solutions that bring systemic protection. 

South Creek post construction

South Creek Restoration Project

The project purpose was to improve the water quality and stream health of South Creek by restoring the one-mile channelized segment of the stream. The project goals were accomplished through naturalizing the stream, determining the effectiveness of stream naturalization in reducing pollutant loads and improving stream habitat, and increasing public awareness and appreciation of stormwater impacts and stream health in our urban streams.

Carl Junction city hall with U.S. and Missouri flags on a flagpole.

Missouri Energy Loan Program: City of Carl Junction

The Energy Loan Program assisted the City of Carl Junction with $132,000 in Energy Conservation Measures that created an estimated annual savings of $12,042.

Solar panels

Missouri Energy Loan Program: Greenfield R-IV School District

The Energy Loan Program assisted Greenfield R-IV School District with $639,850 in Energy Conservation Measures that created an estimated annual savings of $74,099.

Laclede County city hall building

Missouri Energy Loan Program: Laclede County

The Energy Loan Program assisted Laclede County with $133,010 in Energy Conservation Measures that created an estimated annual savings of $36,648.

Control panel door with lock and key

Missouri Energy Loan Program: Lee’s Summit R-VII School District

The Energy Loan Program assisted Lee’s Summit R-VII School District on eleven (11) projects, for a total of $4,729,996 in Energy Conservation Measures that created a combined estimated annual savings of $596,699.

Energy efficient equipment

Missouri Energy Loan Program: Lincoln University

The Energy Loan Program assisted Lincoln University with $1,863,000 in Energy Conservation Measures that created an estimated annual savings of $205,150.

Orrick school roof and installed equipment

Missouri Energy Loan Program: Orrick R-XI School District - Emergency Loan

The Energy Loan Program assisted Orrick R-XI School District with $358,250 in emergency funds for energy efficiency repairs that created an estimated annual savings of $39,691.

Ozarks Medical Center power equipment

Missouri Energy Loan Program: Ozarks Medical Center

The Energy Loan Program assisted Ozarks Medical Center with $2,340,000 in Energy Conservation Measures that created an estimated annual savings of $267,700.

MoDNR staff and grant awardees stand next to an electric vehicle charging station completed in May 2021.

Traveling Across Missouri in an Electric Vehicle Made Easier

Finding locations to recharge your electric vehicle while traveling across Missouri may have felt like a game of hide and seek in the past. Finding a nearby charging station today, however, is getting easier thanks to the department's Volkswagen Trust Funds.