Water Regulations being Developed to Protect Water in Missouri
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is working on developing regulations for the Bonne Femme and Little Bonne Femme creeks in Bonne County after high levels of bacteria were found. The new regulations will specifically protect karst features which act as a direct conduit for pollutants to reach groundwater without being filtered through the soil.
E. coli bacteria was found to be the most prevellent pollutant in the creeks. The suspected causes of the high bacteria counts are agricultural runoff, septic systems and land development. Currently half of Boone County’s 900+ septic systems are failing and polluting groundwater or not adequately filtering runoff.
Bonne County already has an ordinance that prohibits filling in sinkholes with brush or trash.
DNR starts developing water rules [Columbia Daily Tribune]