Missouri waters are as diverse as the varied landscapes they flow through. From crystal clear spring-fed streams to man-made recreational lakes to major navigational waters of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, Missouri is blessed with outstanding waterways. We understand that water is everything! It is essential for drinking, nature and wildlife populations. It provides us with numerous recreational opportunities for our enjoyment and sustains a vibrant economy. 

Protecting Missouri’s water quality, including our drinking water and our lakes, streams and rivers, has always been a priority to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The decisions we make can affect more than just Missouri’s quality of water and precious soil resources. Clean water is a shared resources. We all share a common goal of protecting our water resources - because, they belong to all of us. That’s why it’s important for everyone to play a part.