Two Columbia Waterways Polluted
The Missouri Department of Conservation started the Hinkson Creek Watershed Restoration Project in 2004 to help restore the waterway.
"It's not catching fire, but nobody is running to put this on the list of outstanding waters, either," admitted department spokesman Scott Hamilton. "It's a decent creek, but it doesn't fully support the insect life and the aquatic life that it should."
The restoration project is trying to make the creek more well-known, as well as to tell the public about Hinkson's problems, but project leaders said the DNR list shows more work is needed.
"It certainly shows that what we're doing now has not helped, as far as the health of the streams around here," Hamilton said. "I mean, we've been listed, the Hinkson, since 1998, and the city's only grown since 1998."
Hamilton also said local government might have to take strong action to really clean up the creek.
One official said the Columbia City Council could review proposed ordinances by the end of this year to respond to runoff problems which often occur around housing and other construction projects.