Columbia looks to tackle water quality and infrastructure concerns

3 years 10 months 1 day ago Wednesday, October 12 2016 Oct 12, 2016 Wednesday, October 12, 2016 4:15:00 PM CDT October 12, 2016 in News
By: Felesha Lee, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA -Columbia is working to make sure its water standards are up to code as the city continues to expand.

The city held the first of three scheduled workshops on Wednesday at the Activities and Recreation Center to address water infrastructure needs.

City officials are hoping to hear citizen concerns about waterways in Columbia before creating the Our Columbia Waters Plan. The plan is to create strong, affordable infrastructure for the city.

After the trio of meetings, a plan incorporating citizen's concerns will be presented to city council in hopes of making it a reality.

Connie Kacprowicz, a spokesperson for Columbia Water and Light, said citizen input is crucial for the plan to work.

"It is important that we get feedback because we're making priorities on what type of project," she said. "We want to hear from people if they have problems with basement backups with storm water. We want to know what the community feels is most important."

Columbia's water has received a lot of negative attention recently.

The city received a Clean Water Act violation and agreed to pay a $54,396 civil penalty after the EPA found the city was discharging pollutants into Hinkson Creek in excess of national limits.

Hinkson Creek is on the EPA's list of impaired waters for E. Coli and other known pollutants. As a part of the settlement with the EPA, Columbia must create a wetland, which will help reduce the contaminants in the water by creating another level of treatment.

The EPA said the construction of this wetland should cost no less than $475,000.

KOMU 8 News reported last month a Department of Natural Resources investigation found the West Broadway Swim Club was draining pool water into Harmony Creek. The investigation was launched after a resident near the creek found dead fish. The swim club later apologized and said it is taking steps to correct the problem.

The next two meetings will be held on October 26th and November 14th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. The second meeting will be discussing the quality of streams and waterways, and the thirdwill be discussing an action plan.

For those who cannot attend, there is a survey on the city's web page.

More News

Grid
List
(AP) - The NCAA will not conduct fall championship events - a move that does not effect major college football... More >>
8 hours ago Thursday, August 13 2020 Aug 13, 2020 Thursday, August 13, 2020 6:10:00 PM CDT August 13, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — The owner of one of Columbia's oldest buildings is glad he invested in fire sprinklers when he bought... More >>
8 hours ago Thursday, August 13 2020 Aug 13, 2020 Thursday, August 13, 2020 5:58:00 PM CDT August 13, 2020 in News
WARDSVILLE - For the eighth consecutive season, Blair Oaks will start a Hair brother at quarterback this fall. From... More >>
9 hours ago Thursday, August 13 2020 Aug 13, 2020 Thursday, August 13, 2020 5:34:00 PM CDT August 13, 2020 in Sports
The American Psychiatric Association describes obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) as "an anxiety disorder in which time people have recurring, unwanted thoughts,... More >>
10 hours ago Thursday, August 13 2020 Aug 13, 2020 Thursday, August 13, 2020 4:04:00 PM CDT August 13, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
BOONE COUNTY - Boone County hit a new record of 1,500 cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. This is an increase... More >>
10 hours ago Thursday, August 13 2020 Aug 13, 2020 Thursday, August 13, 2020 4:01:00 PM CDT August 13, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — For 25 years, Chris Perry has worked as a sign language interpreter for deaf schools in Missouri and... More >>
12 hours ago Thursday, August 13 2020 Aug 13, 2020 Thursday, August 13, 2020 2:45:00 PM CDT August 13, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. You can... More >>
12 hours ago Thursday, August 13 2020 Aug 13, 2020 Thursday, August 13, 2020 2:41:00 PM CDT August 13, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA- Columbia Public Schools will be implementing a new plan for middle and high school students. In an email... More >>
12 hours ago Thursday, August 13 2020 Aug 13, 2020 Thursday, August 13, 2020 2:19:00 PM CDT August 13, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - As many MU students make their way back to campus for the fall semester, the Tiger Line shuttle... More >>
14 hours ago Thursday, August 13 2020 Aug 13, 2020 Thursday, August 13, 2020 12:15:00 PM CDT August 13, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - On Monday, Columbia public schools pushed back the start date of the 2020- 2021 school year till after... More >>
16 hours ago Thursday, August 13 2020 Aug 13, 2020 Thursday, August 13, 2020 10:18:00 AM CDT August 13, 2020 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - Although standardized testing will not be a requirement for admission to the UM System this year, some local... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, August 12 2020 Aug 12, 2020 Wednesday, August 12, 2020 7:02:00 PM CDT August 12, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — After a Board of Education meeting earlier this week, Columbia Public Schools will still give families the choice... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, August 12 2020 Aug 12, 2020 Wednesday, August 12, 2020 6:45:14 PM CDT August 12, 2020 in News
MISSOURI — As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout Missouri, state and local officials confirm new case counts daily. This... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, August 12 2020 Aug 12, 2020 Wednesday, August 12, 2020 5:30:00 PM CDT August 12, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — Police have arrested 39-year old Justin Spence, of Columbia, in connection with a burglary that occurred early Tuesday... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, August 12 2020 Aug 12, 2020 Wednesday, August 12, 2020 2:08:00 PM CDT August 12, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — The Boone County Commission approved $1.8 million in federal coronavirus relief money (CARES Act) for the health department... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, August 12 2020 Aug 12, 2020 Wednesday, August 12, 2020 1:54:00 PM CDT August 12, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. You... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, August 12 2020 Aug 12, 2020 Wednesday, August 12, 2020 11:08:00 AM CDT August 12, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Water supply district number 1 is under a precautionary boil advisory because of low water pressure. There... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, August 12 2020 Aug 12, 2020 Wednesday, August 12, 2020 11:04:04 AM CDT August 12, 2020 in News
Editor's note: This op-ed is a collaboration between the mental health doctors in the United States from the National Network... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, August 12 2020 Aug 12, 2020 Wednesday, August 12, 2020 9:39:57 AM CDT August 12, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 73°
3am 72°
4am 72°
5am 69°
6am 70°