The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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July 3, 2012

County accepts watershed grant

CARTHAGE, Mo. — The Jasper County Commission on Tuesday accepted a grant for more than $300,000 that will be used for projects to reduce bacteria levels in Spring River in the Carthage area.

The Jasper County Health Department applied for the grant, to carry out recommendations in a management plan developed by the Spring River Watershed Coalition, according to Tony Moehr, director of the county health department. He  said the recommendations include public education and Carthage  and projects to improve septic systems and reduce farm animals’ access to the river. He said projects involving landowners will be voluntary with the grant to help share costs to the work.

They took no action after discussing a resolution to institute a county-wide burn ban.

The resolution had been distributed  by the Missouri Association of Counties on Monday and commissioners decided to take no action after Norman Rouse, assistant prosecutor, noted it banned firework.

Keith Stammer, emergency management director, noted the resolution would have been advisory, since the authority for burn bans in the county rests with the volunteer fire departments that serve the region. But, he called current conditions “dangerously dry.”


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