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This week in #MOwater: Gasconade sewage, Rural water taste contest winner announced, dog waste and water quality

Posted in: News- Apr 29, 2015 No Comments


Sewage: Pollution in the Gasconade concerns residents
Pulaski County

Off the banks of the river, sewage runoff from a nearby Pulaksi County Sewer District lagoon pours  into the river. “It smells like ammonia and sewage,” Martin said. He thinks that sewage is killing fish off. The Pulaski County Sewer District says it’s done studies and says it hasn’t found anything out of the ordinary near the sewage output. For almost a decade, the sewer district has planned to build a wastewater treatment plant as a cleaner alternative to the lagoon, but those plans have yet to become a reality. The Pulaski County Sewer District (PCSD) released a letter Tuesday answering some questions concerning the Weeks Hollow Lagoon and where it empties into the Gasconade.

Wastewater Partners: $3.2 million loan extends and improves treatment
Holts Summit and Jefferson City

USDA Rural Utilities Service Assistant Administrator for Water and Environmental Programs Jacki Ponti-Lazaruk said the project is a win-win, “What’s great about this, is that it keeps the cost affordable for the rural residents. So at the end, you’ve got a regional solution that will not only serve the City of Holts Summit, but will ultimately serve others in the county, and also keep rates reasonable for local families.”

Washington Cleanup: 193 bags of trash, 39 tires, nine 50-gallon barrels among trash collected

About 140 volunteers gathered at the Washington Riverfront for the Missouri River Cleanup, hosted by Missouri River Relief. The event also featured the Washington River Festival, with music, food, demonstrations and exhibitors to help people celebrate the river.

Dog Ponds: Pet owners concerned about dog park water quality

“The problem with the dog park is you have a lot of dogs concentrated in an area, and those dogs are going to the bathroom, and therefore, even if the owner picks it up, there’s still trace amounts left,” Parks and Recreation Director Mike Griggs said. “Then when it rains, all of that goes into the lake. My advice would be never let your dog go swimming right after a heavy rain.”

Taste Contest: Missouri Rural Water Association hosts fun event

Judges representing the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development, and local governments decided which system has the best tasting water for 2015.

Dampened Recreation: HB 955 still unclear

Defining regulations is no easy task and a legislative proposal as part of House Bill 955 could muddy the waters, not clear it up as Rep. Robert Ross has said he intended. Some paddlers are concerned. From the Springfield News-Leader editorial board.

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Ultrasonic Algae: Technology improves water quality
New Jersey

Nope, it’s not a cool band name. American Water’s solar-powered ultrasonic algae control buoys, called the MPC-Buoy, transmit ultrasonic waves continuously to disrupt algal cells, causing them to sink and preventing proliferation. Four of these buoys were recently installed in Reservoir No. 1 at the Canoe Brook Water Treatment Plant in Short Hills, New Jersey, which is operated by American Water’s New Jersey subsidiary, New Jersey American Water.

Roundup: Questions answered

What do we know about glyphosate? National Geographic offers five key questions and answers, like, “How is it used?” and “What about exposure to food?” And a Reuters story talks about an advocacy group seeking a ban on the world’s most widely used herbicide said Wednesday it is launching a U.S. public testing project to gather data on detectable levels of the herbicide in drinking water, human urine and breast milk–a test kit is available for $119.