Bonne Femme Watershed Started
The project is based on findings that Missouri's streams and creeks need more protection. Columbia is one of several Missouri cities that have signed on. The project lays out suggestions for how cities can better protect the state's streams and creeks.
The project started in 2003 when Boone County got a four year grant from the Environmental Protection Agency. With the grant money, environmental experts came up with recommendations for keeping Missouri's water systems clean and protecting its natural resources.
These recommendations include different ways of preventing runoff and pollution into streams. Six citizens spoke in favor of the proposal and no one spoke against it.
"So I think it's really important that this area be protected as possible. Particularly as the city starts to develop, or is already developing, towards the south, towards Ashland, I think it's crucial that this area and its natural qualities be preserved in the very best way possible," said Hank Ottinger, a Sierra Club member.
A large part of the project is aimed toward cleaning up Missouri's creeks, such as the one at Rock Bridge Park. While the passing of the project doesn't mean big changes in the near future, it could mean major developments in the long run.
Right now, the Bonne Femme Watershed Project is in its early stages. If Columbia does decide to implement the recommendations in the plan, the city would be in charge of not only seeing that the work is done properly, but that it is maintained long-term.