MO.gov News Feed: Department of Natural Resources /news-rss?filter=natural_resources MO.gov News Feed: Department of Natural Resources Tue, 28 May 2024 17:28:45 +0000 en-us Katy Trail State Park receives donation of new welcome center https://dnr.mo.gov/communications/news/katy-trail-state-park-receives-donation-new-welcome-center 258186 at https://dnr.mo.gov Tue, 21 May 2024 11:02:52 +0000 Katy Trail State Park receives donation of new welcome center Karen Kremer Tue, 05/21/2024 - 11:02 Release Date Wednesday, May 22, 2024 JEFFERSON CITY, MO, MAY 22, 2024 – Thanks to a generous donation from Dan and Connie Burkhardt, Katy Trail State Park will receive a new “welcome center.” The new center will be housed in the Treloar Mercantile, which is located near the Treloar trailhead (mile marker 84.7) and across from the Treloar elevator, which is also owned by Missouri State Parks. Join Missouri State Parks on National Trails Day Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for an open house event at the new center.The historic Treloar Mercantile was built in 1896 for the arrival of the KATY Railroad and retains many of its original fixtures. The Burkhardts purchased the Treloar Mercantile in 2018 and it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2022. They purchased the building to preserve it and for community events on the trail. The Burkhardts spent their careers at Edward Jones and later created Magnificent Missouri, a not-for-profit that works with Missouri State Parks to advocate for and improve Katy Trail State Park. Magnificent Missouri has hosted many special events on the trail, bringing visitors to Treloar to learn more about the history and natural scenic beauty of the area.In 1985, Ted Jones, then managing partner of Edward Jones, and his wife Pat donated $2.2 million to purchase the trail corridor and develop the trail's pilot sections. Their generosity laid the foundation for completion of the 240-mile Katy Trail, the longest developed rail trail in the nation. To cement the ongoing legacy of the Joneses’ contributions, the Burkhardts have requested the new welcome center be named the “Ted and Pat Jones Welcome Center at the Treloar Mercantile.”“We’re excited to have a presence on the Katy Trail with the new welcome center,” said David Kelly, director of Missouri State Parks. “This year, we will have limited hours while we figure out staffing, displays and office space within the building. Signs outside the building will announce if the center is open. Visitors can watch us grow as we expand exhibits, add retail merchandise and increase additional hours of operation in 2025 and beyond.”The public is invited to join the Missouri State Park team Thursday, June 13, from 4 to 7 p.m. to participate in a community meeting that will help guide the welcome center’s development.For more information concerning Katy Trail State Park, please call 573-449-7402. For more information on the Missouri State Park system, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Contact Information Tisha Holden Division Information Officer Address Missouri State Parks P.O. Box 176 Jefferson City, MO 65102 United States Office 573-751-6510 Toll-free 800-334-6946 Email tisha.holden@dnr.mo.gov Department of Natural Resources awards $14.1 million in financial assistance to Jefferson City https://dnr.mo.gov/communications/news/department-natural-resources-awards-141-million-financial-assistance-jefferson-city 258046 at https://dnr.mo.gov Fri, 17 May 2024 14:21:50 +0000 Department of Natural Resources awards $14.1 million in financial assistance to Jefferson City Karen Kremer Fri, 05/17/2024 - 14:21 Release Date Monday, May 20, 2024 City will make wastewater treatment system improvementsJEFFERSON CITY, MO, MAY 20, 2024 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded $14.1 million in financial assistance to Jefferson City for upgrades to its wastewater treatment system. The assistance is expected to cover the project’s total cost and the improvements should be completed by September 2025.The improvement project is expected to improve operations and maintenance of the city’s wastewater treatment system by replacing aging infrastructure. The funding consists of a $14.1 million low-interest loan, which is estimated to save customers approximately $4.6 million in interest over the loan’s 20-year term.“Every community must have up-to-date infrastructure if they are to keep growing and thriving,” said Governor Mike Parson. “One of our priorities is helping Missouri communities like Jefferson City improve outdated water systems that serve our citizens every day.”“Grants and low-interest loans through the State Revolving Fund help Missouri communities fund treatment system improvements they might not have been able to undertake otherwise,” said Dru Buntin, director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. “Projects like this help protect public health and the environment, which improves the quality of life for Missourians.”The Clean Water State Revolving Fund finances improvements to wastewater treatment facilities, sewer collection systems’ rehabilitation and extensions, and combined sewer overflow corrections. The fund also finances security, efficiency, and conservation measures. Communities that borrow from the fund benefit from the below-market interest rate and from assistance provided throughout their project by a department project manager.The department is committed to assisting Missouri communities with water and wastewater infrastructure improvement projects. Through its Financial Assistance Center, the department provides funding opportunities for qualified communities with water quality, wastewater and drinking water infrastructure needs. This project will be funded wholly or in part with monies received from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.For more information on wastewater and drinking water funding opportunities, visit dnr.mo.gov/water/business-industry-other-entities/financial-opportunities/financial-assistance-center. Contact Information Communications Office Address Department of Natural Resources P.O. Box 176 Jefferson City, MO 65102 United States Main 573-751-1010 Toll-free 800-361-4827 Email communications@dnr.mo.gov Department of Natural Resources awards $278,000 to Howard County Public Water Supply District No. 2 https://dnr.mo.gov/communications/news/department-natural-resources-awards-278000-howard-county-public-water-supply-district-no-2 257871 at https://dnr.mo.gov Thu, 16 May 2024 10:37:26 +0000 Department of Natural Resources awards $278,000 to Howard County Public Water Supply District No. 2 Karen Kremer Thu, 05/16/2024 - 10:37 Release Date Thursday, May 16, 2024 District will plan and design drinking water system improvementsJEFFERSON CITY, MO, MAY 16, 2024 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded a $278,000 interest-free loan to the Howard County Public Water Supply District No. 2 for planning and design work related to the district’s ongoing drinking water improvement project.These funds will provide vital interim financing to cover early engineering and administrative costs while the district works to secure a larger loan and grant package from the department for their drinking water project. The larger improvement project is expected to total nearly $2.1 million and construction is estimated to start in 2025.The early planning phases of infrastructure projects often represent a significant financial burden for cash-limited communities with water and wastewater needs. The Planning and Design Loan Program provides a cost-effective alternative to expensive private financing, allowing communities to complete vital infrastructure projects. These loans bear no interest and come with a five-year term. The funding provided by the department is estimated to save the district’s customers approximately $43,500 in interest over the loan’s five-year term.“The department is proud to offer funding assistance vehicles that can help qualified communities undertake water and wastewater improvement projects,” said Dru Buntin, director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. “We can tailor assistance programs for communities of all sizes so they can improve their treatment systems. This in turn helps protect public and environmental health, and improves the quality of life for Missourians.”The department’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund finances improvements to water treatment and distribution systems, water storage and supply facilities, as well as interconnection or consolidation projects. Communities that borrow from the fund benefit from the below-market interest rate and from assistance provided throughout their project by a project manager.The department’s Financial Assistance Center is committed to working with communities to assist with water and wastewater infrastructure improvement projects. This project will be funded wholly or in part with monies received from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency.For more information about drinking water and wastewater funding opportunities, visit dnr.mo.gov/water/business-industry-other-entities/financial-opportunities/financial-assistance-center. Contact Information Communications Office Address Department of Natural Resources P.O. Box 176 Jefferson City, MO 65102 United States Main 573-751-1010 Toll-free 800-361-4827 Email communications@dnr.mo.gov Public information meeting and ribbon-cutting ceremony to be held at Meramec State Park May 18 https://dnr.mo.gov/communications/news/public-information-meeting-ribbon-cutting-ceremony-be-held-meramec-state-park-may-18 257661 at https://dnr.mo.gov Mon, 13 May 2024 14:44:00 +0000 Public information meeting and ribbon-cutting ceremony to be held at Meramec State Park May 18 Karen Kremer Mon, 05/13/2024 - 14:44 Release Date Monday, May 13, 2024 JEFFERSON CITY, MO, MAY 13, 2024 – The public is invited to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Meramec State Park’s two new playgrounds beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18.Following the ceremony, there will be an open house-style public meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Representatives from Missouri State Parks will be on hand to provide information about the park and answer questions. Both the ribbon-cutting ceremony and the public meeting will take place near the day-use area playground.Public input is important to Missouri State Parks. These informational meetings are being held virtually or in-person in all state parks and historic sites to help create two-way communication with the public. The meetings will inform the public on the current status and future plans for the park or historic site, and offer visitors the opportunity to comment on the facilities. For more information on public meetings, visit mostateparks.com/page/66611/informational-meetings.Meramec State Park is located at 115 Meramec Park Drive in Sullivan.For more information on the Missouri State Park system, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Contact Information Tisha Holden Division Information Officer Address Missouri State Parks P.O. Box 176 Jefferson City, MO 65102 United States Office 573-751-6510 Toll-free 800-334-6946 Email tisha.holden@dnr.mo.gov Missouri State Parks honors military service https://dnr.mo.gov/communications/news/missouri-state-parks-honors-military-service-0 257231 at https://dnr.mo.gov Thu, 09 May 2024 17:31:34 +0000 Missouri State Parks honors military service Karen Kremer Thu, 05/09/2024 - 17:31 Release Date Friday, May 10, 2024 Several parks and historic sites participate in Blue Star Museum initiative JEFFERSON CITY, MO, MAY 10, 2024 – Missouri State Parks values the tremendous contributions and sacrifices made by members of the military and their families. To show appreciation to active service members, Missouri State Parks is joining the nationwide Blue Star Museums initiative, a program that offers free admission to currently serving U.S. military personnel and their families. The program kicks off on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 18, and ends on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2.The Blue Star Museums program is a collaborative effort of the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the U.S. Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across the nation. Those currently serving in the United States military and their families receive free admission to museums and historic sites that are part of the Missouri State Parks system by showing their military ID. For more information about participating locations, visit mostateparks.com/page/69416/blue-star-museums-program or for a nationwide list of participating museums, visit arts.gov/BlueStarMuseums.In addition to the Blue Star Museums program, Missouri State Parks also offers a military camping discount. Military members and veterans receive a $2 discount year-round at state parks campgrounds. The military discount will be given to retired, veteran and active-duty military personnel, as well as family members of active-duty military personnel, by showing a military ID. For additional information about the military camping discount and 2024 camping rates, visit mostateparks.com/page/83631/missouri-state-parks-honors-veterans. During July, visitors to Missouri’s state parks and historic sites will have the opportunity to “round up” their purchases to be used for veteran programs, such as the Hero Deer Hunt and Veterans’ Deer Hunt.For more information on the Missouri State Park system, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Contact Information Tisha Holden Division Information Officer Address Missouri State Parks P.O. Box 176 Jefferson City, MO 65102 United States Office 573-751-6510 Toll-free 800-334-6946 Email tisha.holden@dnr.mo.gov MoDNR to plug more than 200 abandoned oil wells https://dnr.mo.gov/communications/news/modnr-plug-more-200-abandoned-oil-wells 257041 at https://dnr.mo.gov Tue, 07 May 2024 12:44:56 +0000 MoDNR to plug more than 200 abandoned oil wells Karen Kremer Tue, 05/07/2024 - 12:44 Release Date Wednesday, May 8, 2024 JEFFERSON CITY, MO, MAY 8, 2024 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will receive more than $5 million from the U.S. Department of the Interior to plug hundreds of abandoned oil wells. The project will focus on former oil production sites in Vernon County. The work is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2027.“While no evidence suggests that either the state’s groundwater or surface water currently is affected by these abandoned wells, with no operators being on site, we’d like to proactively mitigate any risk for potential pollution,” said State Geologist and Missouri Geological Survey Director Carey Bridges. “Our focus will be the 238 wells of varying types for which we have records, plus their associated tank batteries.”The Missouri Geological Survey’s Well Installation Section will oversee the plugging operations. A total of $5.1 million was awarded to the effort by the U.S. Department of the Interior through its Orphaned Well Program Office. This funding constitutes the first of several phases of Formula Grant funding authorized by the Revive Economic Growth and Reclaim Orphaned Wells Act of 2021. This work is planned to begin in Vernon County within the next year.Abandoned wells pose a hazard to human health and the environment by leaking oil into surface and subsurface waters, and greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. While leaking oil and gas does pose a threat to human health and the environment, failure to maintain the wells and associated infrastructure can also lead to a wasteful loss of the natural resource itself. Safely plugging these abandoned wells will prevent or reduce impacts to the environment while preserving Missouri’s natural resources for the future.If you discover an abandoned well, please report the abandoned well to the department through our online Report an Environmental Concern form. Abandoned wells also may be reported by calling the department at 573-368-2165 or emailing oilandgas@dnr.mo.gov.Visit dnr.mo.gov/land-geology/hazards/abandoned-wells to submit a Report an Environmental Concern form or for more information. Contact Information Communications Office Address Department of Natural Resources P.O. Box 176 Jefferson City, MO 65102 United States Main 573-751-1010 Toll-free 800-361-4827 Email communications@dnr.mo.gov Trail dedication at Edward “Ted” and Pat Jones-Confluence Point State Park postponed https://dnr.mo.gov/communications/news/trail-dedication-edward-ted-pat-jones-confluence-point-state-park-postponed 256996 at https://dnr.mo.gov Tue, 07 May 2024 09:19:51 +0000 Trail dedication at Edward “Ted” and Pat Jones-Confluence Point State Park postponed Karen Kremer Tue, 05/07/2024 - 09:19 Release Date Tuesday, May 7, 2024 JEFFERSON CITY, MO, MAY 6, 2024 – The ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for the new Ted and Pat Jones biking and walking trail at the Edward “Ted” and Pat Jones-Confluence Point State Park scheduled for May 11 has been postponed until Saturday, Oct. 5, due to flooding at the park.Edward “Ted” and Pat Jones Confluence Point State Park is located at 1000 Riverlands Way, West Alton. For more information, call the park at 636-899-1135.For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Contact Information Tisha Holden Division Information Officer Address Missouri State Parks P.O. Box 176 Jefferson City, MO 65102 United States Office 573-751-6510 Toll-free 800-334-6946 Email tisha.holden@dnr.mo.gov Wings over Weston event canceled https://dnr.mo.gov/communications/news/wings-over-weston-event-canceled 256976 at https://dnr.mo.gov Mon, 06 May 2024 14:26:19 +0000 Wings over Weston event canceled Karen Kremer Mon, 05/06/2024 - 14:26 Release Date Friday, May 3, 2024 JEFFERSON CITY, MO, May 3, 2024 – The Wings over Weston program scheduled for May 4 at Weston Bend State Park has been canceled due to expected inclement weather.  Weston Bend State Park is located at 16600 Highway 45 North near Weston. For more information, call the park at 816-640-5443.  For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.   Contact Information Tisha Holden Division Information Officer Address Missouri State Parks P.O. Box 176 Jefferson City, MO 65102 United States Office 573-751-6510 Toll-free 800-334-6946 Email tisha.holden@dnr.mo.gov Department of Natural Resources awards $62,500 grants to Licking and Green City https://dnr.mo.gov/communications/news/department-natural-resources-awards-62500-grants-licking-green-city 256701 at https://dnr.mo.gov Wed, 01 May 2024 10:14:59 +0000 Department of Natural Resources awards $62,500 grants to Licking and Green City Karen Kremer Wed, 05/01/2024 - 10:14 Release Date Thursday, May 2, 2024 Both cities will evaluate their wastewater systemsJEFFERSON CITY, MO, MAY 2, 2024 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded $62,500 Clean Water Engineering Report Grants to the cities of Licking and Green City. Both communities will use the funding to evaluate their public wastewater systems.The grant offers funding to qualified communities to help cover engineering costs for evaluating water and wastewater system improvements. Both Licking and Green City will use their grants to identify wastewater system improvements needed to continue reliable service, meet permit requirements and reduce stormwater infiltration into sewer collection pipes. Licking’s facility plan should be complete in September 2025, while Green City’s plan should be complete in October 2025.“Infrastructure such as wastewater systems are crucial to every community,” said Dru Buntin, director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. “Through this grant, we can help qualified cities like Licking and Green City identify the changes needed to maintain and improve their wastewater systems, which in turn helps protect public and environmental health, and improve the quality of life for Missourians.”The department is committed to assisting Missouri communities with water and wastewater infrastructure improvement projects. Through its Financial Assistance Center, the department provides funding opportunities for qualified communities with water quality, wastewater and drinking water infrastructure needs. This project will be funded wholly or in part with monies received from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.For more information on wastewater and drinking water funding opportunities, visit dnr.mo.gov/water/business-industry-other-entities/financial-opportunities/financial-assistance-center. Contact Information Communications Office Address Department of Natural Resources P.O. Box 176 Jefferson City, MO 65102 United States Main 573-751-1010 Toll-free 800-361-4827 Email communications@dnr.mo.gov Governor Proclaims May 5-11 Drinking Water Week https://dnr.mo.gov/communications/news/governor-proclaims-may-5-11-drinking-water-week 256471 at https://dnr.mo.gov Thu, 25 Apr 2024 15:23:57 +0000 Governor Proclaims May 5-11 Drinking Water Week Karen Kremer Thu, 04/25/2024 - 15:23 Release Date Wednesday, May 1, 2024 JEFFERSON CITY, MO, MAY 1, 2024 – Governor Mike Parson has proclaimed May 5-11 as Drinking Water Week in Missouri. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources expresses its appreciation for the water professionals who work to provide safe drinking water to residents and visitors of Missouri.Drinking Water Week recognizes Missouri's public drinking water systems for the work they do in providing Missourians with safe drinking water. A safe, reliable water supply is critical to the success of any community. It creates jobs, attracts industry and investment, and provides for the health and welfare of citizens in ways ranging from disease prevention to fire suppression. The department’s Public Drinking Water Branch oversees Missouri’s public water supplies.In celebration of Drinking Water Week, the department and the American Water Works Association held a poster contest for fifth grade students. The theme for 2024 was “There when you need it!” and more than 1,400 entries were submitted. The top three winners were:First Place Winner – Dora Yu, Ladue Fifth Grade CenterSecond Place Winner – Finn Ziolkowski, Ladue Fifth Grade CenterThird Place Winner – Tania Bashkirova, Scotland County R-1 ElementaryPublic water systems in Missouri face increasingly complex challenges and collectively they have an extraordinary compliance record. Each water system is responsible for monitoring individual water plants and is required to employ trained, certified operators. Missouri’s water systems are also required to regularly sample water for many different contaminants following federal and state standards. A state-approved laboratory must analyze these samples and the results must be reported to the department. Most of the testing is conducted at the Department of Natural Resources' and the Department of Health and Senior Services' laboratories at no cost to the systems, which saves consumers money.For more information on drinking water week or to view the winning posters, visit dnr.mo.gov/water/get-involved/drinking-water-week or call the Department of Natural Resources’ Public Drinking Water Branch at 573-751-2674.  Contact Information Communications Office Address Department of Natural Resources P.O. Box 176 Jefferson City, MO 65102 United States Main 573-751-1010 Toll-free 800-361-4827 Email communications@dnr.mo.gov