A plan to reduce pollution in Hinkson Creek

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COLUMBIA - A decade-long dispute over Hinkson Creek in Columbia has finally reached a conclusion. The newly announced plan will take small steps to reduce pollution and renew aquatic life.

Hinkson Creek is one of several waterways in mid-Missouri which allows overflow of storm water. The plan is to assess how much pollution the stream could handle without breaking safe water guidelines.It specifically focuses on the health of bugs and small animals which directly affects quality of the creek water.

Assisting agencies for the plan include representatives of the University of Missouri, the city of Columbia, Boone County, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and the U.S. Environment Protection Agency.