(Springfield, MO) — The federal government has announced pollutant-reduction plans for waterways near Columbia and Springfield.
The EPA said today it will work with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to establish so-called “Total Maximum Daily Loads” for Hinkson Creek in Boone County and Jordan, Pearson and Wilson creeks in Christian and Greene County.
TMDLs are calculations of the maximum allowable load of pollutants a water body can receive daily and still meet water-quality standards. TMDLs are established to identify pollutant reductions necessary to meet water-quality standards and restore water bodies.
Current ecological problems in affected creeks are attributed to multiple pollutants rather than a single source, according to the EPA.
The agency says polluted storm water runoff is a leading cause of impairment to the nearly 40 percent of surveyed U.S. water bodies that fail to meet water-quality standards.