If you have gotten rid of pests but are plagued by left-over pesticides, this collection program may help what’s bugging you. The department is providing Missouri residents with a convenient, free opportunity to properly dispose of pesticides. Proof of residence may be requested.
Bring your waste to the City of Marshall - Recycling Drop-off Facility, located at 765 West North Street, Marshall, MO 65340 on Saturday, Sept. 8 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
What will be accepted?
Fertilizers containing herbicides or pesticides.
De-wormers & fly-tags.
Only material that is clearly identifiable as a pesticide or herbicide will be received.
What will not be accepted?
Pesticides from businesses, pesticide production facilities, pesticide distributors or pesticide retailers.
Any other chemicals or waste other than pesticides or herbicides.
Collection services will be processed by the Environmental Quality Company and overseen by the department’s Environmental Services Program and Hazardous Waste Program staff. For more information on the pesticide collection program, contact Ricardo Jones at 573-526-3214.
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is urging the state’s 1,500 community water systems to closely monitor their water supplies and implement water conservation measures if shortfalls are anticipated.
The prolonged dry spell mean many of Missouri’s water systems are experiencing substantial increases in customer demand for water at a time when the supply of water for many systems is declining. The lack of rain means water levels in lakes, reservoirs, rivers and even wells are dropping to a greater degree than in normal years.
Approximately a quarter of Missouri’s water systems have requested their customers voluntarily conserve water by cutting back or eliminating lawn and garden watering, car washing and other non-essential uses. A smaller number have issued mandatory orders requiring their customers to stop such uses.
Cole County Public Water Supply District #1 issued a voluntary conservation order in early July by asking customers to alternate days they water their lawn, and to water only in the early morning hours. District officials report there was an immediate drop-off in water use of approximately 12 percent.
The department is keeping in regular contact with all water suppliers and urges them to regularly measure water levels in wells and to monitor the capacity of their water supply lakes and reservoirs. If shortages are anticipated in coming months, the department urges systems to implement conservation measures as soon as possible.
The department urges any public water supply experiencing drought-related problems to contact its Public Drinking Water Branch at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-5331.
The Department of Natural Resources will hold a public meeting Sept. 12 to discuss draft plans to improve water quality in five metropolitan waterways in St. Louis County. The meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the St. Louis County Library – Daniel Boone Branch, 300 Clarkson Road in Ellisville
The plans are part of total maximum daily load studies, which describe pollutant reductions needed to improve water quality in the targeted waterways. The five waterways addressed by the studies include
- Watkins Creek.
- Gravois Creek.
- Creve Coeur Creek.
- Fishpot Creek.
- Coldwater Creek.
The federal Clean Water Act requires the department to establish a list of impaired waters and to develop improvement plans for those waterways included on the list. The department determined these five waterways do not meet water quality standards due to bacteria levels and placed them on the 2010 list of impaired waters.
The study process works best when local citizens come together to understand and identify problems in their watershed, and help develop the most effective solution for reducing water pollution and developing a successful watershed management plan.
Links to the studies and supporting documents are available online at www.dnr.mo.gov/env/wpp/tmdl. The public is encouraged to participate in this process if they have concerns or if they would like to provide support for the process. For more information, call the department’s Water Protection Program at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-7428.