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This Week in #MOwater: Anger on the Gasconade and Missouri House Environment Bill

Posted in: News- May 25, 2015 No Comments

“This Week in #MOwater” is a list of news headlines related to streams, watersheds and environmental stories in the state of Missouri and around the world. Missouri Stream Team Watershed Coalition staff compile the news each week from various sources. If you have a story worth of listing, tweet us @mostreamteam with the hashtag #MOwater or email tina@mstwc.org.

Sorry we’re a little behind in the news headlines this week. We’ve been working hard at promoting She Weeps: An Unquenchable Tale, which will hopefully make us more money so we can keep on compiling headlines for you! Did you know that it costs us about $25 to put together headlines each week? If you are interested in sponsoring this, you can email tina@mstwc.org for that as well.

Missouri Headlines

Residents Voice Anger: Citizens and business owners speak up about wastewater concerns in the Gasconade
Pulaski County

Larry Helms, owner of the Boiling Spring Campground on the Gasconade and chair of the Pulaski County Health Center Board, explained,” I’m concerned that my business may be impacted by what is going on, because I have heard from some of the folks in the county about the contamination that’s going into the river.”

House Environment Bill: If passed, state would have to consider employment and industrial development goals in regulating water pollution
Statewide

The Missouri House has sent Gov. Jay Nixon an omnibus environmental bill with provisions that effect wastewater treatment, pollution control and hydraulic fracturing.

SALT Costshare: Projects were implemented in 100 watersheds across the state
Statewide

The program, designed to test water-quality improvement practices and reduce soil erosion in specified watersheds, is sunsetting this year after three decades. Now, landowners statewide can get funding for these management practices, such as vegetative boundaries at the edge of fields and riparian buffers along streams, through a cost-share program.

Tire Recycling: electronics and appliances also accepted
Rolla

“Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District subsidizes disposal costs to reward responsible citizens who bring their household items to special collections. Everyone needs to take responsibility for recycling rather than sending valuable resources to landfills,” said Tammy Snodgrass, Meramec Regional Planning?Commission (MRPC) assistant director and environmental programs manager.

22,000 Trees: Volunteers from two states turn out to help the environment
Perryville

Around 2,000 volunteers helped plant around 22,000 trees at TG Missouri as part of the TG Missouri’s afforestation community event on Sunday. These trees help with water supply and limit erosion. Perryville has many sinkholes and caves underground and leaders say erosion is always a concern.

$739,000 Available: Private landowners get paid to improve habitat and water quality
Statewide

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) have partnered to provide $739,000 to private landowners for improvement to wildlife habitat and water quality on forest and pasture lands in Missouri. The funding is part of the new NRCS Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). Qualifying landowners must sign up for the program at their local NRCS office by June 5 to be eligible for this year’s funding.

United States

BPA: Atmospheric Release May Reach Nearby Waterways
Nationwide

Researchers from the University of Missouri and the U.S. Geological Survey have assessed Missouri water quality near industrial sites permitted to release BPA into the air. As a result, scientists now believe that atmospheric releases may create a concern for contamination of local surface water leading to human and wildlife exposure.

Endangered Species Retooled: Proposal requires data from state or federal agencies for listing proposals
Nationwide

Conservationists decried a proposal on Monday by U.S. wildlife and marine animal managers to tweak rules tied to the federal Endangered Species Act, saying the plans would place “crippling” impediments to citizens petitioning to save imperiled creatures. Under the proposal submitted for public comment by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service, those petitioning for such safeguards would have to use data from state wildlife agencies prior to submitting requests.

Voluntary Water Cuts: Farmers scale back in face of drought
California

Farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta are proposing voluntarily cutting their water use to avoid even harsher restrictions later this summer as the state’s record drought continues. Jennifer Spaletta, an attorney for several Delta farmers, says the deal would help farmer plan the year with more certainty.

Oil Spill: Officials say it covers 9 miles
Santa Barbara

An oil spill that poured thousands of gallons of crude into the waters off Santa Barbara County has divided into two slicks covering about nine miles of coastline, officials said Wednesday. The AP reports up to 105,000 gallons of oil spilled.