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This week in Missouri Water (10.14.14 to 10.21.14)

Posted in: News- Oct 26, 2014 1 Comment

Starting this week, we’re trying something new. Instead of intermittent posts about the biggest issues in Missouri water, we’re going to find all the stream news you can use each week. The format will continue to evolve, but for now we’re framing the news items into “Pollution,” “Solutions” and “Possbilities.” What do you think? Please send us feedback to help us find and feature the news you want to see, and share this page with your friends if you like it!

Pollution

Pollution Plans: Spring River watershed plan unveiled
Spring River Watershed: Joplin, Neosho, Carthage, Lamar, Mount Vernon

Planners described a number of measures — all voluntary — that could be taken over the next 20 years to reduce the bacteria and sediment in local waterways. Levels of E. coli at times have exceeded federal recommendations for full body contact.

Mercury: 1/4 U.S. streams have contaminated fish
National

Fish living one in four streams in the United States have enough methylmercury in their flesh that people should not eat them, according to a U.S. Geological Survey report that assesses nearly two decades of mercury research. All Missouri waterbodies are under a statewide fish advisory for mercury.

Solutions

$2,500 Grant: Open Space Council for the St. Louis Region Receives Grant for Lower Meramec Watershed
St. Louis

The non-profit Open Space Council for the St. Louis Region has received a $25,000 grant from the national 2014 Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program to support hands-on stewardship and watershed education efforts aimed at restoring 500 miles of five rivers in Missouri’s Lower Meramec Watershed.

nationalStrontium: EPA announces intent to regulate
National

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced its intent to regulate drinking water supplies for strontium, a naturally occurring metal that affects bone development. As many as 10 million Americans are supplied by water systems in which strontium levels may cause health problems, according to the agency’s analysis. Comments on the proposal are due December 19.

Wetland Restoration: Work together to develop section of river in St. Charles
St. Charles County

The city of St. Charles is supporting a proposed Army Corps of Engineers shallow water habitat restoration project on Louis Bangert Conservation Area located on an island in the Missouri River in St. Charles County. Greenway Network expressed its concern about talks of commercial development.

Steel Settlement: Cleanup in Joplin area includes stream improvement
Jasper County

Attorney General Chris Koster announced today a $266,000 settlement with U.S. Steel for natural resource damages in connection with a northwest Jasper County mining site from the 1920s. The settlement funds announced today will be used in the area to restore lost habitat and to improve the quality of streams that have been impacted in or near Jasper County.

River Restoration: Project to Begin in Mo. Lead Mining District
Park Hill

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources are beginning the task to restore wetland, riparian and floodplain areas injured by Asarco, a mining company that mainly processes and mines copper in the southeast region.

Right to Farm: Missouri’s new amendment challenged in court
Jefferson City

Three Missouri farm groups say the legislature intentionally misled voters by telling them one thing in the summary that was on the ballot, but saying something else in Amendment One. They also argue that the misleading language opens the door for extensive foreign ownership of farmland.

Possibilities

globalPlastic Mop: Teenager engineers solution to sea trash
The Netherlands

Boyan Slat is a 20-year-old on a mission – to rid the world’s oceans of floating plastic. He has dedicated his teenage years to finding a way of collecting it. But can the system really work – and is there any point when so much new plastic waste is still flowing into the sea every day?

Trash Wheel: New device collects trash from harbor and Jones Falls
Baltimore

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is about to get a new addition: A trash wheel that will be able to remove 50,000 pounds of trash a day from the troubled Jones Falls waterway. Two floating booms will direct trash to an escalator-like ramp that will carry trash into a dumpster.

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