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This Week in #MOwater: St. Louis burning, Groundwater restoration comment in Sedalia, local spills and national news

Posted in: News- May 06, 2015 No Comments

Missouri

Groundwater Restoration: Public comment period open
Sedalia

The Department of Natural Resources is now accepting public comments on the Missouri Statewide Groundwater Restoration Plan. The plan was established to restore, preserve and protect groundwater resources throughout the state. Funds for the plan have been recovered through litigation involving Tronox Inc. chemical company and Anadarko Petroleum Corp., for contamination and damages to Missouri groundwater and lands.

St. Louis burning: A ticking time bomb beneath the city?
Maryland Heights

Government documents unearthed by residents suggest that the extent of the contamination may be far worse — perhaps at an unprecedented level, some experts say. Following a largely broken or incomplete paper trail, residents and activists have found evidence that there may be soil laced with uranium, thorium and radium buried there. Here’s the third of a three-part series.

Sewer Leaks: DNR Praises City’s Rapid Response to problem on Osage River tributary
Lake Ozark

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources estimates 20,000 gallons of raw sewage leaked into a tributary of the Osage River last month, after a sewer line break. Lake Ozark crews repaired the issue and multiple city officials say MoDNR personnel praised the city for its rapid response. “About six years ago, that would not have been the comment,” City Administrator Dave Van Dee acknowledged, recalling past sewer issues that put the city in hot water with the department.

Spill Cleanup: Crews work to remove kerosene-like substance
St. Genevieve

The tractor-trailer accident that took place April 19 on Interstate 55 near Ozora led to hazardous materials cleanup taking place last week along a small creek feeding into the River Aux Vases.

United States

Bringing Nature Back: Plan to restore urban river aims to become like Central Park
Los Angeles

This forlorn speck of infrastructure marks a literal and figurative watershed for greater Los Angeles. It’s here that two tributaries, the Arroyo Calabasas and Bell Creek, join to become the Los Angeles River. And that river, a long-neglected wasteland, is about to become an urban oasis: a linear, riparian Central Park.

Fish lawsuit: Citizen groups sue to protect imperiled species from strip mining pollution
Tennessee

Four citizen groups filed suit in the Federal District Court in Knoxville, alleging two federal agencies failed to meet their obligations under the Endangered Species Act to consult with each other to protect the threatened blackside dace when issuing the coal mining permit for the 1,088-acre Sterling and Strays strip mine in Claiborne County.

Dam Recovery: Rivers Recover Rapidly Once Dams Are Gone, Study Finds
Nationwide

Rivers often disperse the extra sediment from behind a dam within weeks or months of dam removal, the study finds. Migratory fish move swiftly to recolonize newly accessible habitat – at times swimming past the former dam site within a matter of days. The research, published Thursday in the journal Science, compiles the findings of more than a hundred studies on individual dam removals.