EPA Names Impaired Waters For Missouri

8 years 6 months 1 week ago Thursday, May 05 2011 May 5, 2011 Thursday, May 05, 2011 8:40:00 AM CDT May 05, 2011 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: John Henry

COLUMBIA (AP) -- The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking public comment on Missouri's list of waterways that don't meet federal standards. The EPA's public comment period on the list ends in early July.

The agency said in a release that it's approving listing 241 Missouri waterways as impaired, and removing 35 waterways from Missouri's 2010 list. The Clean Water Act and federal regulations require EPA to review the list developed by the state Department of Natural Resources to determine if the state reasonably considered water quality-related data and information when naming waterways to the list.

The EPA also said it added several water bodies that were excluded from the list. The EPA said those additions were found to be impaired by inorganic sediment and other pollutants.

Seven impaired bodies of water in Boone County are on the proposed list.  They include Bonne Femme Creek, Foster Creek, Fowler Creek, Grindstone Creek, Hinkson Creek, Lake of the Woods and Phillips Lake.

The EPA has proposed taking Hinkson Creek off of that list because it was recently turned into a Total Maximum Daily Load site (TMDL).  TMDLs are waterbodies where the EPA has calculated the maximum amount of a pollutant that a waterbody can receive and still meet water quality standards, according to the EPA.

If you would like to comment on any waterway, e-mail Carol Taylor, Water Quality Management Branch, EPA Region 7 at curth.carol@epa.gov.

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