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February 21, 2014

Series of meeting to focus on Spring River watershed

— Water runoff from farms, along with more urban settings, will be the focus of a series of public meetings to be held this week on development of a Spring River watershed plan.

The meetings are the second in a series designed aimed at developing a management plan to restore and protect stream health in the multi-county watershed by using practices that improve the quality of water that flows into the tributaries and streams.

“We’re not looking at rules; we’re looking at voluntary practices and raising awareness of the issue,” said Harry Rogers, executive director of the Harry S. Truman Coordinating Council, which is helping in development of the plan with funding from a grant from the Department of Natural Resources.

The first sessions held in November focused primarily on agricultural runoff. Sessions this week will build on that work and expand the discussions to include water runoff from more populated areas.

“It gets more complicated when you have sewer systems and storm water systems and water running over impervious surfaces, picking up contaminants and then flowing into streams without any intervention,” Rogers said. “We feel like this is an issue everyone has a stake in, because many cities get their drinking water from those streams and other people use them for recreation.”

Identical information will be presented at the sessions, set for Wednesday in Mount Vernon and Thursday in Neosho and Carthage.

The Mount Vernon meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the University of Missouri Southwest Center at 14548 Highway H, and in Neosho, at 1 p.m. at the Lampo Community Center, 500 E. Spring St., and in Carthage at 6:30 p.m. at the Carthage Water and Electric community room, 627 W. Centennial.

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