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Turkey Week News: CAFO permit granted, a new rainwater collection center, and more

Posted in: News- Nov 26, 2014 No Comments

Happy Thanksgiving! Here’s what’s happened in water news (and relevant-to-water-news) around the state in the past seven days:


Coal Ash: Missouri Has Much At Stake As EPA Nears Deadline For Regulation

Geochemist Bob Criss, a professor at Washington University-St. Louis, said regardless of how coal ash is stored, it should not be allowed to be in a floodplain. “They’re perpetually wet. These are regions where it floods periodically, and they are regions where the groundwater table is very high. So, it’s practically impossible in the long run to keep water away from whatever garbage it is,” Criss said.

Hog Farm: DNR issues permit
Kingdom City

This Kingdom City Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) has been an area of tension in the community since May.

Carbon Rule: Nixon’s comments to EPA suggest carbon rule tweaks

Missouri should have more time to reach carbon dioxide reduction targets called for in proposed federal rules, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said in comments on the regulations obtained by the Post-Dispatch. By contrast, outgoing Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn in Illinois praised the proposed regulations soon after their release.

20K-Gallon Rainwater System: MSU, Watershed Committee of the Ozarks collection system

“I believe this project is a great step forward in Missouri State’s mission to sustainability,” said student Max Wagner, chief sustainability commissioner in the Student Government Association.

Trails: FLATS Project sees progress

If you’re wondering how the Forest Lake Area Trail System or ‘FLATS’ Project is coming along, visible progress is now being made at Thousand Hills State Park.

Resilience Grant: EPA to Assist Water Utilities in Bolstering Climate Resilience and Readiness

The City of Fredericktown, Mo., was chosen to receive training and technical assistance to help water utilities bolster their climate change resilience and readiness. Fredericktown was one of more than 20 communities chosen to receive up to $30,000 each of assistance.

Disinfection: Nixa disinfecting water supply

Nixa is the largest city in Missouri that isn’t disinfecting its water system. Recently, the city began designing a gas-chlorination disinfection system for all of its wells, which is expected to be up and running in the spring of 2015.


Nitrates: Des Moines again struggling with nitrates in water
Des Moines

Two rivers that supply water to 500,000 people in the Des Moines area show nitrate levels spiking to levels that make it unsafe for some to drink, a concentration experts haven’t before seen in the fall that likely stems from especially wet weather in recent months.

Climate Action: 7,000 Comments Delivered to Senator Claire McCaskill
Missouri, Washington D.C.

77 percent of Missourians favor limiting carbon pollution.


Canal: Nicaraguans promised ‘big Christmas present’ with work due on new canal

“The Nicaraguan people will get a big Christmas present,” said Paul Oquist, adviser to Nicaragua’s president, on plans to begin construction December 24 on a canal linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Scientists have expressed concerns that the canal will damage freshwater ecosystems in Lake Nicaragua.