Department seeks comments impaired waters list

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has published a draft 2008 303(d) List. It includes 177 listings on 148 separate waters. Some waters are listed more than once because they have multiple pollutants that affected different sections of the water. Seventy-three of these listings are carried over from the proposed 2004/2006 list. The draft 2008 303(d) List is open to the public for review and comment until Jan. 16...

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, Sept. 23, 2008 -- Today, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources published a draft 2008 303(d) List. It includes 177 listings on 148 separate waters. Some waters are listed more than once because they have multiple pollutants that affected different sections of the water. Seventy-three of these listings are carried over from the proposed 2004/2006 list. The draft 2008 303(d) List is open to the public for review and comment until Jan. 16.

Section 303(d) of the federal Clean Water Act requires that each state identify waters that are not meeting water quality standards and where requirements are not yet in place to restore water quality. Water quality standards protect beneficial uses of water for whole body contact, such as swimming, maintaining fish and other aquatic life and providing drinking water for people, livestock and wildlife.

>> View copies of the draft 2008 303(d) List and a list of changes from the 2004/2006 303(d) List

Supporting water quality data, the Listing Methodology document, which contains the procedures used to develop these lists, and other information are available on the department's Web site. If unable to access the information through the Web, individuals may request copies of the lists from the department's Water Protection Program by calling 800-361-4827 or 573-751-1300.

The department will hold two meetings to answer questions and accept comments on the proposed 2008 list:
• Oct. 10 at 10 a.m. in the Nightingale Creek Conference Room at the Lewis and Clark State Office Building, 1101 Riverside Dr., Jefferson City;
• Nov. 13 at 5 p.m. in the Gasconade Camp Conference Room at the Lewis and Clark State Office Building, 1101 Riverside Dr., Jefferson City; and
• Nov. 24 at 10 a.m. in the Nightingale Creek Conference Room at the Lewis and Clark State Office Building, 1101 Riverside Dr., Jefferson City.

The department will accept written comments on the proposed list until 5 p.m., Jan. 16. The public can submit comments in writing to the Department of Natural Resources, Attention John Ford, Water Protection Program, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102; or by e-mail to john.ford@dnr.mo.gov or by fax to 573-522-9920.

The Missouri Clean Water Commission will hold a public hearing on the proposed list at 9 a.m. on Jan. 7 in the Lewis and Clark State Office Building, La Charrette Conference Room, 1101 Riverside Dr., Jefferson City. The commission could approve the draft 2008 303(d) List as early as March 4.

People requiring special services or accommodations to attend the meetings or hearing can make arrangements by calling 800-361-4827 or 573-751-1300. Hearing-impaired individuals may contact the program through Relay Missouri at 800-735-2966.

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