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This Week in #MOwater: Exceptions in new EPA water rules, wetland bids near Joplin, remembering Leo Drey

Posted in: News- Jun 02, 2015 No Comments

Missouri

Wetlands: $1.1 million for restoration project
Joplin

It’s hoped that the restoration project, coupled with the EPA cleanup, will eventually eliminate the heavy metals left over from the lead and zinc mining that have been flowing for decades into Center Creek and ultimately the Spring River . When completed, the project could also serve as a natural wildlife habitat.

Leo Drey: Dedicated conservationist dies at 98
St. Louis

To the surprise of many, Drey’s pioneering ideas worked. His forests thrived and he became a multimillionaire. His buying trips paid off and eventually he became Missouri’s largest private landowner. Then he gave it all away — to a foundation he set up to preserve the land. Leo A. Drey died Tuesday (May 26, 2015) at home in University City, about two weeks after suffering a stroke. He was 98.

Water-themed Performance: Willard Community Theatre Takes Environmental Play On the Road to Central Missouri
Hartsburg

Willard Community Theatre will raise money for the Missouri Stream Team Watershed Coalition with a production of their original play “She Weeps: An Unquenchable Tale” at the newly renovated Grand RiverStage in Hartsburg, Missouri.

Clean Marina: Table Rock Lake “Clean Marina” Program Recognized
Table Rock Lake

“Clean Marina” efforts are common in coastal states but Missouri doesn’t have one, which is why ten marina operators united to create a program for Table Rock Lake. “Clean water is what brings people to Table Rock Lake,” says Table Rock Lake Marina Association President, Ryan Hamilton, “it’s kind of what differentiates us from some of the other lakes in the state.”
“It was pretty gross,” Ausmus said Thursday, a day after a News-Leader story highlighted the disgusting mess along the river. “If I could have found out who did it, I would have told them to stop. It makes me mad. But I don’t know their situation. Maybe they were raised that way and don’t know anything different.” The dump was first identified in an editorial on May 28.

United States

Sturgeon Poaching: As Caviar Prices Skyrocket, Sturgeon Poachers Invade Pacific Northwest
Pacific Northwest

There’s no good reason for a live, 8-foot sturgeon to be tied by the tail and tethered to the shore of the Columbia River, in the Pacific Northwest. But this is how poachers steal the giant fish: They keep the sturgeon alive and hidden underwater while they look for black-market buyers. Wildlife officers say the high value of caviar is driving poachers to these inventive tactics. They’ve also found sturgeon carcasses floating in the river — their bellies slit open after poachers harvested their eggs.

EPA Water Rule: coal exemption remains
Nationwide

Despite all the rhetoric, a closer look at one provision shows that the new EPA rule might turn out to be not nearly as oppressive as its critics say, nor as comprehensive as its supporters seem to want the public to believe. Now Missouri has to catch up.

Property Values and Water Quality: Poor water dampening house values
Florida

Could chocolate-colored coastal waters limit the value of your home, or force you to sell at a loss? Florida Realtors says yes to both in a recent report that says property values were suppressed by nearly $1 billion a year because of poor water quality.