Boone County Reveals Bonne Femme Plan
Rock Bridge Memorial State Park covers only a small area of the Bonne Femme watershed, and Boone County wants to make sure all the watershed is protected.
"Columbia's growing, its just this is a way that the two can coexist and enable the park and caves to be protected while development continues in a somewhat reasonable fashion," Roxie Campbell from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources said.
The stakeholder committee of the Bonne Femme watershed plan is trying to find ways to make this work.
"The important part of what they've done is come up with a set of policy recommendations that protect water quality in the Bonne Femme watershed," Terry Frueh, watershed conservationist, said.
At Wednesday's meeting, the public got a glance at the recommendations as well as the idea behind the plan.
"There's going to be development happening, so lets have that happen in a way those resources are protected," Frueh said.
The plan would keep storm water runoff out of the streams and control the types of development.
This will protect not only the streams and caves, but also the wildlife in the watershed.
There will be three public meetings in April to gather comments about the plan.