Watershed planning and improvement is not a small task – the right tools and resources can make all the difference in successful watershed planning and implementation projects.

Potential Funding Sources for Watershed Improvement

Watershed protection takes funding as well as action. Here are some resources that can help:

Grant Application Preparation

•    Grant Writing Basics blog: From Grants.gov.

Nonpoint Source Pollution and Watersheds

Learn about watersheds and nonpoint source pollution.

Informational Mapping and Analysis Tools
  • How’s My Waterway: Find your local watershed, plus data and local volunteer groups.
  • Model My Watershed: An online app to map and model your watershed using tools to analyze land use, soil data, stormwater runoff and water quality impacts, and impacts of different conservation or development scenarios.
  • Missouri Watersheds: Interactive map showing Missouri’s HUC-8 and HUC-12 watersheds.
Water Quality and Assessment Information
  • Water Quality Assessment and Impaired Waters: Learn about how the department assesses water quality conditions in the state.
  • Missouri Water Quality 305(b) Report and 303(d) List: Check out water quality conditions in Missouri; view the state’s 305(b) Integrated Report, 303(d) List of Impaired Waters, TMDLs, and associated assessment information.
  • Water Quality Assessment Viewer: Interactive map showing Missouri’s impaired waters; add layers like stormwater outfalls, monitoring sites, CAFOs, toxic event locations, etc.
  • Impaired Waters and Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) Viewer: Interactive map showing Missouri’s impaired waters, TMDL locations, and TMDL watersheds.
  • Missouri Stream Team: A volunteer organization of citizens concerned with Missouri streams, Stream Teams act to help restore and protect our streams; among many activities includes Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring (VWQM) – with Introductory Level training workshops offered every spring.
  • Who’s Monitoring Your Watershed?: Interactive map showing Missouri Stream Team Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring (VWQM) sites and associated data; data can be requested from department VWQM staff.
  • WATERS: U.S. EPA’s Query Tool for Water allows user friendly access to EPA’s Watershed Assessment, Tracking and Environmental Results System (WATERS), which unites water quality information from several independent and unconnected databases.
  • International BMP Database: A partnership of EPA and other public, private and nonprofit entities, this database project provides tools and resources for urban BMP use, including BMP Performance Summaries and other tools, and guidance for ensuring high quality data collection and analysis for assessing impacts of urban stormwater BMPs.
  • How’s My Waterway: Find your local watershed, plus data and local volunteer groups.
Watershed Based Planning

Watershed based plans (WBPs) developed using Section 319 subgrant funding must be accepted by EPA and the department; accepted WBPs are then eligible for additional Section 319 funding for plan implementation on a competitive basis. WBPs may be developed without Section 319 funding, but for all plans, adherence to planning requirements and guidance are critical to plan acceptance and subsequent 319 funding eligibility for plan implementation.

Watershed Models

Watershed modeling is a very useful way to help determine what areas of a watershed are most in need of best management practice (BMP) implementation to address nonpoint source (NPS) issues, and which BMPs would be most effective to solve NPS issues there. If Section 319 funding is being used for watershed planning or implementation, watershed modeling will most likely be needed to calculate pollutant load reductions.

The modeling application chosen will depend on the needs of the project. Below are two commonly used public domain applications used in Section 319 funded projects: 

Education and Outreach Tools
Quality Assurance/ Quality Control Requirements, Guidance and Resources

In order to ensure high quality data collection and analysis outcomes, both implementation and watershed based planning projects require a quality assurance project plan (QAPP) for any environmental data collection activities (e.g. water quality monitoring), use of secondary data, and watershed or water quality modeling. Since QAPPs must be approved by the department, they must follow departmental and EPA guidance and requirements.

Department-accepted Watershed Based Plans

Locally-led efforts have resulted in the development of a number of department-accepted Watershed Based Plans (WBPs). Section 319 funding may be used to implement or update these department-accepted plans. Plans more than five years old must be updated and accepted in order to be eligible for implementation funding. For more information about specific plans, contact the Nonpoint Source Program via email at MoDNR.NPSprogram@dnr.mo.gov

Currently Eligible for Section 319 Implementation Funding

Update in Progress: Eligible for Section 319 Implementation Funding once completed.

  • North and Middle Fabius Rivers

Update Needed: Eligible for Section 319 Planning Funding only.

  • Brush Creek Mid-Shed*
  • Elk River
  • Hinkson Creek* 
  • Lake of the Ozarks - Buck Hollow and Lick Branch Subwatersheds*
  • Jacks Fork
  • Marmaton, Marais de Cygnes and Little Osage Rivers
  • Spring Fork Lake
  • Table Rock Lake (Eastern)
  • Table Rock Lake (Western)
  • Watkins Creek

*Priority watershed for planning and implementation.