MO.gov News Feed: Department of Natural Resources /news-rss?filter=natural_resources MO.gov News Feed: Department of Natural Resources Mon, 06 Feb 2023 03:29:34 +0000 en-us Knob Noster State Park hosts toddler storytime https://dnr.mo.gov/communications/news/knob-noster-state-park-hosts-toddler-storytime 213806 at https://dnr.mo.gov Fri, 03 Feb 2023 13:03:37 +0000 Knob Noster State Park hosts toddler storytime Karen Kremer Fri, 02/03/2023 - 13:03 Release Date Friday, February 3, 2023 JEFFERSON CITY, MO, FEB. 3, 2023 – Starting in February, Knob Noster State park will host Toddler Storytime in the Park. Held in the park’s visitor center, this special program will feature nature stories, songs and crafts for preschool-aged children. The program dates and topics are: Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. – Winter Birds Feb. 23 at 10 a.m. – Bears and Hibernation Knob Noster State Park is located near Knob Noster and Whiteman Air Force Base, two miles south of Highway 50 along Highway 23 at 873 SE 10 Road in Knob Noster. For more information, call the visitor center at 660-563-2463. 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 PO Box 176 Jefferson City, MO 65102 United States Office 573-751-6510 Toll-free 800-334-6946 Email tisha.holden@dnr.mo.gov Missouri unveils plans to fight hypoxic dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico https://dnr.mo.gov/communications/news/missouri-unveils-plans-fight-hypoxic-dead-zones-gulf-mexico 213076 at https://dnr.mo.gov Tue, 31 Jan 2023 11:05:04 +0000 Missouri unveils plans to fight hypoxic dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico Karen Kremer Tue, 01/31/2023 - 11:05 Release Date Tuesday, January 31, 2023 JEFFERSON CITY, MO,  JAN. 3 n1, 2023 – Missouri and 11 other states bordering the Mississippi River are working together to address the different factors that together create seasonal dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico. Each partner state has developed and announced specific strategies that will be implemented over time using targeted federal funding. Last month, Missouri unveiled its state work plan to fight the dead zones and also received its first year of funding totaling nearly $1 million. Every summer, thousands of acres in the Gulf of Mexico are severely impacted by seasonal temperature shifts combined with an influx of excess phosphorous, nitrogen and other nutrients. Transported by the Mississippi River, these nutrients increase the growth of dense algal blooms that spread throughout the Gulf, depleting oxygen and making a vast area of water deadly for fish and other marine life. This dead zone is known as the Gulf Hypoxic Zone. As the steward of the Missouri Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy, the Department of Natural Resources will implement five separate projects under the Gulf Hypoxia Program. In December, EPA awarded Missouri $965,000 to kick off these projects: Nutrient Reduction Progress Tracking Dashboard. This new tool will track nutrient reduction progress of state-level water quality and conservation programs. The dashboard will help to better target efforts locally, understand how well current practices are performing and allow for better-informed decisions. Expansion of Missouri’s Ambient Stream Nutrient Monitoring. This effort will increase monitoring capabilities at four U.S. Geological Survey water quality monitoring stations. The four stations were selected to better capture water quality conditions of the Missouri, Mississippi and Grand rivers. Missouri Municipal Wastewater Nutrient Optimization Pilot. This new project will assess the efficiency of different alternative wastewater treatment strategies for reducing nutrient loads without requiring municipal treatment facilities to make large capital expenditures.  Gulf Hypoxia Outreach and Education Exhibit located at the St. Louis Science Center. The department will work with the science center to develop a new public education exhibit to raise awareness of nutrient pollution in the Mississippi River Basin and Gulf hypoxia, as well as actions the public can take to help reduce their nutrient pollution footprint. Refining Nutrient Reduction Models with Subsurface Nutrient Transport Measurement. Lincoln University will receive grant funding for a targeted research project, which will create a better understanding of hydrologic flow paths and more refined nutrient tracking models. Thanks to this research, management practices will be better assigned to specific land use situations, which ultimately will lead to more accelerated nutrient loss reductions. “We hope to share this work not only within our own state, but also to collaborate with other states that are conducting similar projects,” said Chris Wieberg, director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Water Protection Program and Missouri’s lead representative on the Hypoxia Task Force. In November, the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act authorized $60 million in federal funding over five years to states and tribes combatting the Gulf Hypoxic Zone. Missouri, along with its counterparts, will use the funding to develop innovative approaches to reduce nutrient loading from their respective states. These approaches represent the department’s diverse approach to furthering the goals of Missouri’s Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy, bringing together adaptive approaches to reduce nutrient pollution from point and nonpoint sources. The overarching goal is to improve local water quality and reduce statewide nutrient pollution that ends up in the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico. To access a summary of Missouri’s Gulf of Mexico hypoxia plan, as well as Missouri’s complete Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy, go to dnr.mo.gov/water/what-were-doing/water-planning/nutrient-loss-reduction-strategy.   Contact Information Communications Office Address PO Box 176 Jefferson City, MO 65102 United States Main 573-751-1010 Toll-free 800-361-4827 Email communications@dnr.mo.gov CWD deer management planned at Prairie State Park https://dnr.mo.gov/communications/news/cwd-deer-management-planned-prairie-state-park 212951 at https://dnr.mo.gov Mon, 30 Jan 2023 10:59:37 +0000 CWD deer management planned at Prairie State Park Karen Kremer Mon, 01/30/2023 - 10:59 Release Date Monday, January 30, 2023 JEFFERSON CITY, MO, JAN. 30, 2023 – Missouri Department of Conservation officials found a CWD-positive deer during firearms season on private land near Prairie State Park. In an effort to keep the disease from spreading, MDC is planning a controlled culling of deer within the park. Chronic wasting disease, or CWD, is a fatal, neurological illness that affects white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk and moose. This contagious disease can be transmitted freely within and among deer populations. Controlled culling will begin Feb. 1 and continue throughout the month. Portions of the park may be closed and visitors should check the Park and Site Status Map at modnr.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=0cc1b6513d6e407694aede7b7bdbde93 before visiting. Based on available scientific information, MDC officials said they believe localized removal of deer through targeted culling is an effective means to minimize the spread of CWD and reduce the rate the disease spreads through the deer population. Removing a greater number of potentially infected deer from the population can slow disease growth rates and minimize the amount of CWD contamination in the environment. Removing additional deer from where CWD has been detected can also help reduce disease transmission within the local population. Limiting population reductions only to areas where CWD is present helps reduce impacts to populations in the surround areas. As a reminder, hunting is prohibited in state parks, except for specially designated hunts and culling operations. For inquiries about CWD culling, contact MDC at mdc.mo.gov/cwd. For information on trail closures, call the park office at 417-843-6711 or visit the website. Prairie State Park is located at 128 NW 150th Lane in Mindenmines. 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 PO Box 176 Jefferson City, MO 65102 United States Office 573-751-6510 Toll-free 800-334-6946 Email tisha.holden@dnr.mo.gov Roaring River and Montauk state parks release campsites https://dnr.mo.gov/communications/news/roaring-river-montauk-state-parks-release-campsites 212946 at https://dnr.mo.gov Mon, 30 Jan 2023 10:47:02 +0000 Roaring River and Montauk state parks release campsites Karen Kremer Mon, 01/30/2023 - 10:47 Release Date Monday, January 30, 2023 JEFFERSON CITY, MO, JAN. 30, 2023 – Missouri State Parks announces campsites previously on hold at Montauk State Park and Roaring River State Park will be released for guests to reserve in March and April.  Both campgrounds will undergo improvements later in 2023, but will be temporarily available until construction dates are determined. The campsites released will be in campground Loop 4 at Montauk State Park, which will undergo an electrical upgrade from 30 amp to 50 amp sites; and in campground Loop 3 at Roaring River State Park, which will be converted from basic sites to sites with sewer, electric and water. Both projects are in the design phase and should be sent out for bid later this spring.  Roaring River State Park is located in Cassville, while Montauk State Park is located in Salem. 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 PO 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 to hold awareness session on proposed landfill expansion in Cole County https://dnr.mo.gov/communications/news/department-natural-resources-hold-awareness-session-proposed-landfill-expansion-cole-county 212101 at https://dnr.mo.gov Tue, 24 Jan 2023 18:57:08 +0000 Department of Natural Resources to hold awareness session on proposed landfill expansion in Cole County Karen Kremer Tue, 01/24/2023 - 18:57 Release Date Wednesday, January 25, 2023 JEFFERSON CITY, MO, JAN. 25, 2022 - The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will hold a public awareness session on the permitting process for sanitary landfills. The session will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023, at the department's conference center, 1730 E. Elm St. in Jefferson City.  Representatives of the department's Waste Management Program, Missouri Geological Survey and Northeast Regional Office, along with representatives from Republic Services, will be present to answer questions during the informal discussion period.  Republic Services has obtained preliminary site investigation approval to begin a geologic investigation for expanding its sanitary landfill in Cole County. The proposed site is located at 5605 Moreau River Access Road in Jefferson City, approximately 6.5 miles northwest of the U.S. Highways 50 and 63 intersection. The department reviews all applications submitted by cities, counties and private owners to ensure sanitary landfills are properly designed and constructed. Technical factors that protect Missouri's environment are also examined. This public session will explain the application review process and the approximate timeline for ruling on the permit application. Persons requiring special services or accommodations to attend the meeting should contact David Drilling, P.E., Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Waste Management Program, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176, or call 573-751-5401 or 800-361-4827, two weeks before the meeting.  For more information on site investigations, please contact the department's Missouri Geological Survey at 573-368-2100.   Contact Information Communications Office Address PO 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 receives more than $5.8 million to reclaim abandoned coal mine sites in Missouri https://dnr.mo.gov/communications/news/department-natural-resources-receives-more-58-million-reclaim-abandoned-coal-mine-sites-missouri 211971 at https://dnr.mo.gov Mon, 23 Jan 2023 13:44:14 +0000 Department of Natural Resources receives more than $5.8 million to reclaim abandoned coal mine sites in Missouri Karen Kremer Mon, 01/23/2023 - 13:44 Release Date Tuesday, January 24, 2023 JEFFERSON CITY, MO, JAN. 24, 2022 - The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will receive more than $5.8 million in new federal funding to reclaim abandoned coal mine sites across the state. Allocated through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the department will use the funding to reclaim abandoned coal mine sites to protect public safety and the environment. This funding is in addition to the $3 million the department has been receiving annually from the U.S. Department of Interior for reclamation projects.  The department’s Abandoned Mine Land Program will assess Missouri’s current inventory of abandoned coal mine sites to select and prioritize the best sites at which to use the funding for reclamation work. Currently, there are 10,834 acres in Missouri’s inventory yet to be reclaimed. Prior to the new funding, the state had completed projects to reclaim 5,034 acres.  Reclamation is the process by which adverse environmental effects of surface mining are minimized and mined lands are returned to a beneficial end use. End uses may be open space, wildlife habitat, agriculture or residential and commercial development. Some components of reclamation include practices that control erosion and sedimentation, stabilize slopes and repair impacts to wildlife habitat. The final step is usually topsoil replacement and revegetation with suitable plant species. “We are grateful for this funding and look forward to using it to help clean up Missouri’s abandoned coal mine sites,” said Dru Buntin, director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. “It’s also a great example of our commitment to passing through nearly all of the funding we receive so it can be applied directly to protecting public health and the environment, strengthening communities and making life better for Missourians.”  A total of $11.3 billion in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding has been allocated nationwide to reclaim abandoned mine lands during the next 15 years, according to the U.S. Department of Interior. The funding will help communities effectively address dangerous environmental conditions and pollution from past coal mining. Awards of nearly $659 million have been announced for Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.  Funding allocations are determined based on the number of tons of coal that were produced in each state or on Tribal lands before Aug. 3, 1977, when the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act was enacted. States are guaranteed at least $20 million over the program’s 15-year life if their inventory of abandoned coal mine sites would cost more than that amount to address. Future distributions may change as state inventories are updated.  For more information, contact the department’s Land Reclamation Program at 573-751-4041, toll-free at 800-361-4827 or by email at mining@dnr.mo.gov.    Contact Information Communications Office Address PO Box 176 Jefferson City, MO 65102 United States Main 573-751-1010 Toll-free 800-361-4827 Email communications@dnr.mo.gov Joe Wilson selected as January 2023 Missouri Department of Natural Resources Team Member of the Month https://dnr.mo.gov/communications/news/joe-wilson-selected-january-2023-missouri-department-natural-resources-team-member-month 211961 at https://dnr.mo.gov Mon, 23 Jan 2023 13:39:44 +0000 Joe Wilson selected as January 2023 Missouri Department of Natural Resources Team Member of the Month Karen Kremer Mon, 01/23/2023 - 13:39 Release Date Thursday, January 26, 2023 JEFFERSON CITY, MO, JAN. 26, 2022 - Joe Wilson, a senior dam safety engineer with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Missouri Geological Survey, has been selected as the department’s Team Member of the Month for January 2023. Wilson was selected for his service to the department and his innovative actions while working to improve operations within the Dam and Reservoir Safety Program. As part of his usual duties, Wilson conducts inspections and assessments of dams in Missouri, which includes reviewing hydraulic analysis data for all 730 of the state’s regulated dams. Because of the mathematics involved, this can be a tedious process. Using his knowledge of FORTRAN computer programming, Wilson developed a suite of in-house applications to assist with completing these complicated analyses. The suite contains software such as a drop inlet riser calculator, a channel calculator, a siphon calculator and an application to calculate spillway rating curve superposition, among other operations. These computer programs have helped reduce errors, improved consistency and decreased the time needed to complete an engineering review. The spillway rating curve, drop inlet riser and channel calculators assist in streamlining hydraulic calculations, replacing the need for expensive software. During an emergency response, the siphon calculator may be especially useful if a reservoir water level needs to be lowered. “Joe is efficient in his work and made it a point to work on these initiatives while completing all other tasks associated with his job functions,” said Ryan Stack, chief engineer of the Dam and Reservoir Safety Program, who nominated Wilson for the award. “Joe is an outstanding team member who continually provides a high level of engineering services to the program and, ultimately, the citizens Missouri.” Wilson joined the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in January 2018 and resides in Salem. Contact Information Communications Office Address PO 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 $85,000 in grants https://dnr.mo.gov/communications/news/department-natural-resources-awards-85000-grants 211676 at https://dnr.mo.gov Wed, 18 Jan 2023 17:39:47 +0000 Department of Natural Resources awards $85,000 in grants Karen Kremer Wed, 01/18/2023 - 17:39 Release Date Friday, January 20, 2023 Millard and Osceola will evaluate wastewater system improvements JEFFERSON CITY, MO,  JAN. 20, 2023 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded a total of $85,000 in Clean Water Engineering Report Grant funding to the village of Millard ($35,000) and the city of Osceola ($50,000). Both communities will use the grants to evaluate their wastewater systems. The grant offers funding to qualified communities to help cover engineering costs for evaluating water and wastewater system improvements. The two cities will use the grant to identify wastewater system improvements needed to meet permit requirements, continue reliable service to the area and reduce stormwater infiltration into sewer collection pipes. Millard’s facility plan should be complete in June 2024, while Osceola’s plan should be ready in July 2024.  “Thinking creatively and finding viable solutions to infrastructure issues is becoming more crucial and this grant helps communities with wastewater systems projects that might not have been possible before,” said Dru Buntin, director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. “Projects like this one will help protect public health and the environment while benefiting local economies.” 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 PO Box 176 Jefferson City, MO 65102 United States Main 573-751-1010 Toll-free 800-361-4827 Email communications@dnr.mo.gov Basket weaving classes scheduled at First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site https://dnr.mo.gov/communications/news/basket-weaving-classes-scheduled-first-missouri-state-capitol-state-historic-site 210841 at https://dnr.mo.gov Tue, 10 Jan 2023 16:25:48 +0000 Basket weaving classes scheduled at First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site Karen Kremer Tue, 01/10/2023 - 16:25 Release Date Wednesday, February 1, 2023 JEFFERSON CITY, MO, FEB. 1, 2023 – Team members at First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site are getting crafty. Beginning in February, join them for a monthly basket weaving class to learn how to make a handcrafted basket. All materials will be supplied. Participants are encouraged to bring drinks and snacks if desired. Class size is limited and registration is required. Please call 636-940-3322 to register. Classes will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and vary in cost. You may sign up for either day that a particular class is offered and you may also sign up for multiple classes. The dates, type of baskets and class costs follow: Friday, Feb. 24 or Saturday, Feb. 25 – “Pick Your Team” Basket, $50. Saturday, March 25 or Sunday, March 26 – Easter Basket, $40. Thursday, April 6 or Friday, April 7 – Egg Basket, $45. Thursday, May 11 or Friday, May 12 – Round Yo-Yo Button Basket, $45. Saturday, June 24 or Sunday, June 25 – Fourth of July Basket, $45. Saturday, July 22 or Sunday, July 23 – Seashore Basket, $40. Thursday, Aug. 17 or Friday, Aug. 18 – Back to School Organizer, $45. Saturday, Sept. 9 or Sunday, Sept. 10 – Fireplace Basket, $55. Saturday, Oct. 21 or Sunday, Oct. 22 – Bountiful Bowl, $45. Thursday, Nov. 9 or Friday, Nov. 10 – Snowflake and Reindeer Ornaments, $25. First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site is located at 200 S. Main St. in St. Charles. 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 PO Box 176 Jefferson City, MO 65102 United States Office 573-751-6510 Toll-free 800-334-6946 Email tisha.holden@dnr.mo.gov Missouri Department of Natural Resources to host second public hearing on Bipartisan Infrastructure Law grid resilience funding https://dnr.mo.gov/communications/news/missouri-department-natural-resources-host-second-public-hearing-bipartisan-infrastructure-law-grid-resilience-funding 210171 at https://dnr.mo.gov Tue, 03 Jan 2023 15:34:41 +0000 Missouri Department of Natural Resources to host second public hearing on Bipartisan Infrastructure Law grid resilience funding Karen Kremer Tue, 01/03/2023 - 15:34 Release Date Monday, January 23, 2023 JEFFERSON CITY, MO,  JAN. 23, 2023 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will hold a public hearing Monday, Feb. 6, to provide an opportunity for the public to comment on the department’s draft final application for grid resilience formula funding under Section 40101(d) of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Funds under this provision may be provided to entities including electric grid operators, electricity storage operators, electricity generators, transmission owners or operators, distribution providers and fuel suppliers. These entities may use the funds to improve the electric grid’s resilience against disruptive events through measures such as utility pole management, power line relocation or reconductoring, and microgrids. The funds may also be used for training, reskilling, recruitment and retention of skilled and properly credentialed workers to perform the work required for eligible improvement measures. The public hearing will be held via Webex from 2 to 3:30 p.m. or until all verbal comments for public record are received. Additional information, including an agenda and the link to join the meeting can be found online at dnr.mo.gov/calendar/event/209826. A phone-in option is also available by dialing 1-650-479-3207; use access code 2454-747-0326. More information on the federal grid resilience funding program is available on the U.S. Department of Energy’s website at netl.doe.gov/bilhub/grid-resilience/formula-grants. For more information about the Department of Natural Resources’ draft final application for grid resilience funding, email energy@dnr.mo.gov.   Contact Information Communications Office Address PO Box 176 Jefferson City, MO 65102 United States Main 573-751-1010 Toll-free 800-361-4827 Email communications@dnr.mo.gov