Flooding May Lead to Local Water Contamination
State environmental officials are urging Missourians to be careful about the chemicals used on their lawns and crops because of flooding across the state.
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources and local businesses said that fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides can easily appear in flooded water if residents do not take precaution.
Due to this, Dix Nursery and Garden Center, which has been in business for about 100 years, is asking it's customers to read pesticide directions before use, watch weather forecasts, and use a stick spray to prevent the spread of chemicals.
Scott Smith, pesticide control leader at the Garden Center, said that the high amount of rainfall makes this year much different from previous years that he has worked at the shop.
A DNR spokesperson warns that Missourians should avoid swimming and wading in flooded water. It also said that flooded water may have animal or human waste in it due to its spreading between land and water.