Department seeks comments on proposed revisions to methodology for listing impaired waters

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comment on the proposed revisions to the 303(d) Listing Methodology. The methodology is open to the public for review and comment until Feb. 16. The department will use the final methodology to evaluate waters for the 2010 Impaired Waters List...

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, Dec. 16, 2008 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comment on the proposed revisions to the 303(d) Listing Methodology. The methodology is open to the public for review and comment until Feb. 16. The department will use the final methodology to evaluate waters for the 2010 Impaired Waters List.

The listing methodology sets out the procedures for identifying streams and lakes that are not meeting Missouri's water quality standards. These waters, when identified, may be eligible for placement on an impaired waters list indicating the need for water quality restoration. The list, which is required under Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act, may lead to the development of plans to reduce the pollutants discharged into the listed waters.

>> View the proposed 2010 Listing Methodology

The department has provided two versions of the proposed methodology. In one version, the proposed deletions appear as strikeouts and the additions as bold text. In the other version, the changes are not highlighted. If unable to access the information through the Web, citizens 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 host a public meeting on the proposed revisions at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15, at the department's Lewis and Clark State Office Building, 1101 Riverside Drive, Jefferson City.

The department will accept written comments on the proposed revisions to the methodology until 5 p.m., Feb. 16. Citizens 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. After the close of the comment period, the department will review all comments and make any necessary revisions to the listing methodology before asking the Missouri Clean Water Commission to approve the document.

>> More information on the 303(d) List and the Listing Methodology
>> More information about the department's Water Protection Program

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