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This week in #MOwater: Coal Ash Landfill proposed in Springfield, Trash Bash needs volunteers

Posted in: News- Mar 10, 2015 No Comments

Missouri

Coal Ash Landfill Proposed: City Utilities names potential new site, Sierra Club displeased.
Springfield

(Opinion) A DNR report concluded that due to the presence of several caves, springs, losing streams and sinkholes, the site “receives a severe collapse potential rating.” The report also states “previous correspondence from our office and City Utilities indicates at least five catastrophic sinkhole collapses have occurred within JTEC fly-ash storage basins.

New River Book: MDC publishes natural and cultural history of our rivers
Statewide

The 360-page “Voices of Missouri’s Rivers” by William Turner explores the natural and cultural history of Missouri’s rivers in vivid, full-color detail. Highlights of the book include the state’s river history, basic river science, and a glimpse of the future of river conservation. You can view it here on MDC’s bookstore.

MO River Program “concerns”: Luetkemeyer voiced opinions on USACE and FWS programs
Columbia

Luetkemeyer offered “concerns” about the groups pushing to purchase more land to address environmental issues along the Missouri River. Telling the group at the Holiday Inn Executive Center that he was the “de facto river guy” in Congress, Luetkemeyer has reduced funding for parts of the Corps’ Fish and Wildlife budget and the Missouri River Recovery Program, according to a release. Luetkemeyer “is looking forward to continuing to” cut “wasteful spending on projects with no real benefits,” the release said.

Trash Bash: Volunteers needed for Confluence clean-up
St. Louis

Great Rivers Greenway, St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District and Missouri American Water are proud to sponsor the 7th annual Confluence Trash Bash, being held on Saturday, March 21, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Area residents are invited to join cleanup efforts, which have removed more than 5,000 tires and more than 61 tons of trash and scrap from area streams and rivers to date.

Nation

Infrastructure spending down: federal support on treatment plants, pipes, and more is at a low
Nationwide

Local, state, and federal spending on transportation and water infrastructure fell 9 percent between a 2003 peak and 2014 when accounting for inflation for construction-related materials, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Some 90 percent of spending on water treatment plants, distribution pipes, dams, and levees in 2014 came from local and state governments, the report reckons. The federal share peaked in the 1970s, after passage of the Clean Water Act, at between 15 percent and 20 percent of total spending. (from Circle of Blue)

Shower Water Waste: 20 percent wasted because of “warming up”
Nationwide

Shower wonks have dubbed this extremely common pattern “behavioral waste,” or waste that occurs because of human habits. And there appears to be quite a lot of it. “Typically 20 percent of every shower, the duration, is essentially lost,” says Jonah Schein, technical coordinator for homes and buildings for the EPA’s WaterSense program.

Report on Fracking: Set to release in June, document will lack baseline data
Nationwide

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected to release a draft this spring of its 5-year study on the links between fracking and drinking water pollution. The study, however, will likely fail to answer its primary questions due in large part to a lack of baseline data on water quality, experts say.