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This Week in #MOwater: City of Springfield tackles stormwater

Posted in: News- Feb 05, 2015 No Comments


Urgent Stormwater: City and County tackle management issues

City Manager Greg Burris and Greene County Administrator Chris Coulter dove right into urgent stormwater management issues at a joint meeting of Springfield City Council and the Greene County Commission. The update follows a sobering Dec. 9 meeting, where the two leaders walked the elected officials through a Joint City-County Planning Task Force Report that detailed challenges facing both governmental entities.

Radioactive Contamination: Army Corps gives update on Coldwater Creek
St. Louis

Jon Rankins, a health physicist with the St. Louis Corps, said there is no immediate risk to residents living along the creek, or to workers in the area. But he admitted that long-term exposure to radioactive contamination along the creek does pose a health risk. “There is definitely a long-term threat,” Rankins said. “That’s why you’ll see us removing contamination in the future.”


Mercury in Tuna: Levels rising in Pacific, study says
Pacific Ocean

“Mercury levels in yellowfin tuna caught in the Pacific Ocean have been rising at a 3.8% annual rate since 1998, according to a new
study.” Geoffrey Mohan reports for the Los Angeles Times.

G. Tracy Mehan: new Interim President of the U.S. Water Alliance

G. Tracy Mehan, III, former director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, has joined the U.S. Water Alliance as Interim President. “He brings to the Alliance extraordinary knowledge, passion and systems thinking,” said Dick Champion, Alliance Board Chairman. The U.S. Water Alliance is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization whose goal is to unite people and policy for “one water” sustainability.A broad cross-section of interests has come together through the Alliance to advance holistic, watershed-based solutions to water quality and quantity challenges.

Plastic Food: Pollution is a new link in food chain

An emerging third field is in many ways even more complex and less well understood than gyres and BPA: investigating human exposures to and potential health effects of plastics that have entered the marine food chain.