Webb City to proceed with wetlands plan
WEBB CITY (AP) — Webb City officials have been given permission to proceed with a project to create a wetlands area to help remove zinc from wastewater.
The Joplin Globe reports that the plan calls for creating a wetland and composting area near the Webb City wastewater treatment plant. The plant produces about 400 to 500 tons of zinc-contaminated sludge annually, which is expensive to haul.
The city applied for approval from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, but ran into problems after realizing that there were no regulations for what Webb City was trying to accomplish. Webb City officials ultimately created regulations for their plans and future wetlands.
City waste wastewater director William Runkle said two public hearings will be held to explain the plan, which is estimated to cost $3.25 million.