EPA releases list of impaired waters

(KFVS) - The EPA released Missouri's 2010 list of impaired waters with several bodies of water in southeast Missouri making the list.  The total number of impaired waters is 245.

A body of water is placed on the impaired waters list when monitoring finds that pollutant levels prevent the lake, river, or stream from attaining its beneficial uses.

Beneficial uses in Missouri include human recreation, agricultural water supply, and maintaining healthy aquatic life.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources submitted its impaired waters list to EPA for review and approval.  The Clean Water Act requires the EPA to review the state's list of impaired waters to determine if the state reasonably considered available water quality-related data, and identifies waters to be listed.

The EPA considered and included several comments from local citizens and representatives of organizations in the final decision.

Several Heartland waters made the list in Reynolds, Wayne, Iron, St. Francois, Stoddard, Butler, Bollinger, Ripley, Dunklin, Mississippi, New Madrid, Scott, and Ste. Genevieve.

Click here to view all of Missouri's 2010 list of impaired waters.

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