Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Missouri Impaired Waters List Finalized

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 has made a final decision on Missouri’s list of impaired waters. EPA restored eight water bodies to Missouri’s list and removed one water body due to an approved pollution reduction plan, bringing the total number of impaired waters in the state to 258.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources submitted its impaired waters list to EPA for review and approval as required by the Clean Water Act.   A water body is placed on the impaired waters list when monitoring finds that pollutant levels prevent it from attaining its beneficial uses. A water body can be removed from the list if it meets its beneficial uses or if a pollution reduction plan for the water body is approved by EPA.

EPA’s Nov. 13, 2012, decision letter provides a more detailed description of EPA’s review and the basis for this action. The decision letter, including the 2012 impaired waters list, is available online.

You can read the original EPA news release here.

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