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#MOwater News: Sturgeon, Mussels, Trout and Tyson

Posted in: News, People- Jan 28, 2015 No Comments

We post water and conservation headlines from the state, nation and world once a week in an effort to keep you informed of relevant news affecting your rivers, streams, creeks and drinking water. If you have a story we should share, contact us or send a link with the hashtag #MOwater to @mostreamteam on Twitter.


Stream Team Teacher: Environmental ecology classes broaden horizons

“My goal is to make my students more environmentally aware, in the hope that they realize that the environmental problems we face today are in our hands and that it is possible to make changes and do good by the planet,” said Kim Fields of her objectives in giving these opportunities to students. Fields has worked for 18 years with the Missouri Stream Team and 16 years at MHS, all of which she has devoted to her goal.

Pallid Sturgeon: Spawning Evidence in Lower Missouri River
St. Louis

The fish, informally called a living fossil, can live up to 40 years and grow up to six-feet in length—as a species sturgeon once lived alongside dinosaurs. Recently two pallid sturgeon in the larval stage were found near Saint Louis.

Zebra Mussels: Corps to drop lake three feet
Pomme de Terre

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to partially drain Pomme De Terre Lake to eliminate a possible infestation of invasive zebra mussels. Zebra mussels can’t survive for very long if exposed to air.

$539k Fine: Tyson Foods agrees to pay for chemical spill
Barry County

The discharge killed the bacteria that process wastewater effluent in Monett’s plant, causing almost undiluted ammonia to flow into the creek. Tyson will be required to donate $10,000 to the James River Basin Partnership, which works to improve waterways in seven southwest Missouri counties, and pay to replace a bridge over Clear Creek.

DNR politicization: Former DNR employees say regulator stifles public information
St Louis Post-Dispatch

Norris said he wanted to speak out about the increasing control of public information by state government and warn citizens about the politicization of a department that he said should run on “science and reason.”

Trout Parks: Warm weather draws hundreds
Laclede County

The department said more than 200 people came out to Bennett Spring State Park last weekend, when there are normally just a few dozen fishermen on weekends when temperatures go below freezing.

Runoff Code: city updates to DNR standards

An amendment to Neosho’s stormwater runoff management code will give the city enforcement authority over illegal discharges into the city’s wastewater system.

Water System Upgrades: Engineer recommends $266,900 in maintenance, washing and repainting

Miner’s Board of Aldermen and city engineer have informally agreed on a plan for water system upgrades. The 50,000 gallon tank on the east side of town must be disconnected from the city water system, as mandated by DNR if the tank is not brought up to DNR standards, the city engineer said.

United States

3M-gallon spill: EPA releases report on fracking spill that entered the Missouri River
North Dakota

More than 4 million gallons of a mixture of fresh water, brine and oil have been pumped from the area affected by the largest saltwater spill of North Dakota’s current energy boom, according to a report issued Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Dirt Filters: A simple solution to stormwater
New York

Storm runoff can be toxic to aquatic life, but a new study suggests a simple and relatively inexpensive solution: Filter the water through dirt before it enters streams, rivers or the ocean. “The reason we do this research is because in many areas, low-impact approaches will be required with new development,” said the lead author, Jennifer McIntyre, a postdoctoral researcher at Washington State University at Puyallup.

Microbead Ban: Bill passes out of Committee
Washington, D.C.

A bill to ban plastic microbeads passed out of the Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources committee Wednesday. The tiny scrubbing beads are meant to exfoliate–but Rep. Jim McCullough (D-Williston) says the synthetic plastic material do harm to waterways. The bill says banning the sale and manufacture of the beads is much less expensive than an overhaul of the water treatment plants.

Manure Liability: Court says livestock manure can be regulated as solid waste
Washington, D.C.

A U.S. federal court has ruled for the first time that manure from livestock facilities can be regulated as solid waste, a decision hailed by environmentalists as opening the door to potential legal challenges against facilities across the country.