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This week in #MOwater: CAFO talks continue, and a human-like fish may monitor water

Posted in: News- Nov 11, 2014 No Comments

Whoa whoa whoa, Missouri, what’s up. Last week was so light, we thought maybe all the state’s water woes were solved! Alas, we’ve got sewage problems, potential hog waste problems, and other water problems as far-flung as off-grid Pennsylvania and the land Down Under. But that’s ok, because there’s a crazy fish in this world that shares 90% of our genes that may be the future of water quality monitoring. How’s that for a possibility?

Problems

Sewage Problem: Residents complain about water quality, odor
Granby

The city built the wastewater plant about 25 years ago. Sewage from the plant builds up regularly in the stream. Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency gave the city a notice of potential permit violations, citing several possible problems with the plant.

The Amish: Makers of fine jam, cabinetry, and polluted rivers
Pennsylvania

EPA inspectors found violations on 85% of Pennsylvania Amish farms they investigated. Farmers can implement practices on their own, but not many of them have an extra $150,000 for a manure-storage shed, or even the smaller amounts required to put in forested buffer strips and grass waterways.

Tailings Pipe Break: Doe Run reports problems
Reynolds County

Mark Yingling, vice president of environmental, health and safety at The Doe Run Company (Doe Run), shared an update on a tailings pipe break at the company’s Sweetwater Mill on B Highway in Reynolds County Thursday, Oct. 30. “The pipe break allowed mostly water and sand-sized rock (left over from the milling process) to spill onto the ground on our property and enter Adair Creek, with a very small amount reaching Logan Creek.

CAFO: Proposed Callaway hog farm draws little support at hearing
Fulton

Department of Natural Resources has until the end of month to decide on proposed CAFO. Opponents of a proposed hog-breeding facility on Thursday used a waste spill last month as a prime example of why the Missouri Department of Natural Resources should deny the application. Opposition continues.

Going Backwards: Australia’s environment is ‘going backwards’, green alliance says.
Australia

Almost half of Australia’s terrestrial ecosystems are threatened, 85 per cent of its rivers have been modified and twice as many Australians die from air pollution annually than road accidents, according to a report on the state of the country’s environment.

Solutions

Camping: Camping up 6 percent up statewide
Missouri

State Parks Director Bill Bryan says fall camping is becoming increasingly popular.  In fact, he says, Halloween camping including trick or treating is increasing.

Peak Water: United States Water Use Drops to Lowest Level in 40 Years
Nationwide

“The assumption that demand for water must inevitably grow is false.”—Peter H. Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute, on government numbers showing that water withdrawals in the United States hit their lowest levels since 1970.

Possibilities

Ameren: 20-Year Plan Includes Clearwater, Taum Sauk
Missouri

Although dominated by additions of wind power and natural-gas-fired generation, Ameren Missouri’s latest 20-year Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) proposes adding 28 megawatts (MW) of hydropower from eight MW of unit upgrades and possibly 20 MW of new generation at existing unpowered dams, according to an article which appeared in an Oct. 21 online report by HydroWorld.com.

Oil: Missouri oil production is small but growing
Cass County

In the U.S. energy boom, Missouri since 2008 has more than doubled its oil production — to 201,000 barrels in 2013. Most of the increase, about half, came from Cass County, with the rest coming from a handful of other counties — Jackson, St. Louis, Vernon and Atchison.

Curbside Gardens: ambitious New York plan soaks up storm-water runoff
New York City

In what officials have billed as one of the most ambitious programs of its kind in the United States, New York City has, with little fanfare, embarked on a roughly 20-year, $2.4 billion project intended to protect local waterways, relying in large measure on “curbside gardens” that capture and retain storm-water runoff.

Human-like fish: Species could be used to test China’s water quality
China

A fish with a genetic code similar to humans’ may soon be used by the government to monitor water quality.

Want more water news?

MSTWC is tweeting national and state water news daily. So is Environmental Health News. And Circle of Blue. And that guy in the peak water story, Peter Gleick? He tweets too. What we’re saying is, there’s a lot of water news out there, especially on Twitter. Please use our #MOwater hashtag to aggregate all the state stream haps in one place, and tell your friends to do the same! Together we’ll be a more informed and effective public.