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This week in #MOwater: Help for small towns in wastewater, Impaired stream challenged, Manure spills & more

Posted in: News- Feb 10, 2015 No Comments

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Wastewater Grants: Nixon announces $1.1 million in upgrades

Several Ozarks communities are getting help to upgrade their wastewater systems. Gov. Jay Nixon visited Willard to discuss the importance of clean water and to announce $1.1 million in Small Community Engineering Assistance Program grants, through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, to help communities with wastewater engineering costs.

Hinkson: county commissioner challenges DNR’s findings

Elevated levels of E. coli and other bacteria in Hinkson Creek are among the reasons the stream is considered “impaired,” but a Boone County commissioner said the main sources of that pollution might not be something local governments — or taxpayers — should be responsible for.

Stormwater Funding: How county and city plan to pay

“We’ve taken a look at what’s coming from EPA and DNR to the city, to the county, to City Utilities. You tally that all up, over the next 15-20 years it’s $1.6 billion dollars, with a ‘b,’ and when you look at that you say, ‘How could we possibly afford $1.6 billion dollars of new mandates when we have all these other needs in our community?’” said Springfield City Manager Greg Burris, speaking to KSMU Thursday. Hear the full conversation here.

Coal Ash Landfill: Utilities moves forward despite Supreme Court Ruling

A Missouri electrical utility said Tuesday it will move forward with plans to build a coal ash landfill next to its power plant in eastern Missouri, despite a ruling by the state Supreme Court that reversed a lower court’s decision that allowed the landfill’s construction. The ruling comes about a month after the Missouri Department of Natural Resources granted a construction permit for the 167-acre landfill, which will collect waste generated from coal burned for electricity at the power plant at Labadie, an unincorporated town about 45 miles southwest of St. Louis.

Winter Paddling: New views of familiar waterways
Ozark National Scenic Riverways

The traditional float season is said to be from Memorial Day to Labor Day in the summer. But veteran floaters and outfitters like the Maggards know the best time to be on the river is from fall through winter into spring. The crowds are gone, the scenery is better and the solitude offers a wilderness experience. Even the wildlife seems at peace.

Plastic Bag Ban: Forum opens stories of pollution

John Nichols remembers watching the wind carry streams of plastic bags from the city’s landfill near a sampling site for Hinkson Creek, which he researched as part of his studies at the University of Missouri. Ruthie Moccia avoids eating fish because she worries about chemicals they might pick up from eating plastic bags in their habitats. Beverley Fries resents the idea of a city ban on plastic bags so much that she would drive out of town to buy groceries if the proposal becomes law.


Manure Spills: putting water supplies at risk

Mishaps involving liquid manure are not uncommon. Just two weeks after the Jacksonport incident, about 640,000 gallons leaked from a storage tank on a town of Brussels farm 30 miles away. See a video here.

Rockfish: a tale of recovery, hidden on menus
Coastal restaurants

For West Coast commercial fishermen and seafood lovers, there is reason to cheer. Rockfish, a genus of more than 100 tasty species depleted decades ago by excessive fishing, have rebounded from extreme low numbers in the 1990s.


Drought caused by air pollution: researchers point to aerosols affecting water
Central America

Air pollution tied to industrialization in the northern hemisphere almost certainly reduced rainfall over Central America in new evidence that human activity can disrupt the climate, a study suggested on Monday.

Investments in water: big returns for investing in poor nations

Investing to provide drinking water for 750 million people in poor nations who lack clean supplies makes clear economic sense with bigger than expected health benefits, World Bank estimates showed on Friday. A parallel drive to improve sanitation, especially in India where Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made basic toilets a national priority, would also yield strong returns without even considering improved human dignity.