Water quality restoration and protection requires a watershed approach, using a watershed based plan that is “locally-led and driven” in conjunction with government agencies. Locally-led efforts have resulted a number of department-accepted watershed based plans being developed. Plans accepted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the department are eligible for Section 319 funding for plan implementation. Plans more than five years old must be updated and accepted in order to be eligible for implementation funding. 

Plans Under Development

  • Blue River (Kansas City)
  • Clarks Fork (Cole County)
  • Cuivre River
  • Lake Mozingo
  • Lake Taneycomo
  • Sugar Creek Lake-Moberly

Department-accepted Plans

Waterbody Name HUC County(s) Date EPA Accepted Year to Expire
Black Creek Shelby July 6, 2018 2023
Deer Creek St. Louis City, St. Louis County Feb. 23, 2023 2028
Greater Bonne Femme Boone June 12, 2023 2028
James River Barry, Christian, Douglas, Greene, Lawrence, Stone, Webster, Wright March 12, 2021 2026

Lower Meramec - Kiefer Creek

(Keifer Creek is the part of the plan that was approved by EPA)

Franklin, Jefferson, St. Louis County

May 25, 2018 2023
North and Middle Fabius Adair, Clark, Knox, Lewis, Marion, Schuyler, Scotland April 13, 2021 2026
Perry County Karst Perry May 1, 2020 2025
Spring River Barry, Barton, Christian, Dade, Jasper, Lawrence and Newton July 18, 2018 2023
Town Branch-Piper Creek Polk May 8, 2020 2025
Upper Little Sac River Greene, Polk May 15, 2020 2025