Sierra Club Questions Missouri's Polluted Waterways List

1 decade 2 years 7 months ago Sunday, October 15 2006 Oct 15, 2006 Sunday, October 15, 2006 9:57:44 PM CDT October 15, 2006 in News
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COLUMBIA - An environmental group is not impressed with a huge drop in the number of Missouri waterways classified as not meeting federal benchmarks. A draft report from the Department of Natural Resources lists 82 Missouri rivers, lakes and streams as not meeting the clean water standards. That's down from 207 bodies of water in 2002. The Sierra Club says the drop is an indication the state isn't doing its job, not that fewer waterways are polluted. The department acknowledged in its report that only 30 waterways were recommended to be taken off the list because they met water quality standards. Of the other waterways, 47 were dropped because a plan has been developed to get them in compliance. And 48 weren't listed because the state didn't have enough information to list them. Others were de-listed because of changes in water quality standards.

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