May 8, 2003

DNR Awards $112,000 For Fox River Cleanup

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources recently awarded a $112,000 grant to the Northeast Missouri Resource Conservation and Development Council (RC&D) to help finance and support the first year of a water quality project on the Fox River. RC&D will provide a non-federal match of $74,668.

The goals of the Fox River Ecosystem Development Project are to protect and improve water quality in the watershed. The project aims to educate and demonstrate best management practices for controlling chemical runoff, soil erosion and proper storage of animal waste. It will also help improve wildlife habitat and wetland areas. Surveys will be used by RC&D to evaluate the success of the project goals. Volunteers will be trained to collect water samples from streams in the Fox River watershed. The sampling plan also will be used to document progress of the project.

"Our most successful projects are those that involve partnerships between the department, local communities and volunteers," said Steve Mahfood, director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. "We're pleased to have the opportunity to support this effort and confident that it will protect this fragile ecosystem for many years to come."

Several groups are involved with the project, including: Soil and Water Conservation Districts in Clark and Scotland counties; the Northeast Missouri RC&D; Missouri Department of Natural Resources; Department of Agriculture Conservation Service; University of Missouri Extension Service; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Missouri Department of Conservation; National Turkey Federation; Pheasants Forever; Iowa State University; U.S. Geological Survey; Iowa Department of Natural Resources; Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Team; and the Scotland County Health Department.

Money for the project is provided through 319 funding of the Clean Water Act. The grant will be administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region VII through the Department of Natural Resources. For more information, contact Tod Hudson with the Department of Natural Resources Water Pollution Control Program at (573) 751-8728.

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