Natural Resource Damage Assessment
Southeast Missouri Lead Mining District
News Release (Jan. 8, 2016): Trustees Approve $10.98 Million in Natural Resource Restoration Activities in Southeast Missouri
The Missouri Trustee Council, which includes the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and, for some projects, the U.S. Forest Service (Trustees), announces its decision to fund a suite of six restoration activities in southeast Missouri. The Trustees previously discussed proposals for the selected and approved projects at a public meeting on September 2, 2015. The presentation was followed by a 40-day public comment period which provided interested members of the public an opportunity to review the proposed projects and provide feedback.
Trustees Extend Public Comment Period
Based on requests from members of the public, the State of Missouri, the U.S. Department of the Interior, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, acting on behalf of the public as trustees for natural resources and their associated services, decided to extend the public comment period for the proposed restoration projects described in announcements below. The public comment period was extended for 10 days and ended on October 15, 2015.
Agencies Seeking Public Comment on Restoration Projects:
The State of Missouri, the U.S. Department of the Interior, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, acting on behalf of the public as trustees for natural resources and their associated services, propose to fund several compensatory restoration projects in the Southeast Missouri Lead Mining District. In accordance with the Southeast Missouri Ozarks Regional Restoration Plan (SEMORRP), the Trustees are proposing to fund several projects, including (1) the acquisition and restoration of high quality habitat; (2) the treatment of non-native species and planting of native plants on the Mark Twain National Forest; and (3) restoration of springs, riparian area, and wetlands to restore the natural flow, restore wetlands, and hydrology of the West Fork Black River bottomland areas. These proposed restoration projects will serve to replace lost natural resources and the services the resources provide as a result of the releases of hazardous substances at mine and mill facilities in the Viburnum Trend.
The public is invited to submit comments on the proposed natural resource restoration projects for a thirty day time period, from September 4, 2015 through October 5, 2015. The public comment period has been extended for 10 days and will now end on October 15, 2015 at 5 pm. The proposed restoration projects currently available for public review and comments are described in the following documents:
1) DRAFT Natural Resource Restoration in the Southeast Missouri Lead Mining District: Proposal for Property Acquisitions and Supplemental Environmental Assessment (12-page PDF )
2) Proposed Native Plant Diversity Restoration: Non-Native Invasive Species Treatments and Planting on Mark Twain National Forest (9-Page PDF )
3) Proposed West Fork Black River Bottomland Restoration Project (6-Page PDF )
Please submit comments electronically (preferred) to:
News Release (Aug. 31, 2015): Agencies Offer Information on Current and Proposed Restoration Activities
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, acting as Trustees for Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration (Trustees), invite the public to an informational meeting on Wednesday, September 2, 2015, to learn about the proposed acquisition and restoration projects in southeast Missouri. The meeting will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the visitor’s center of Johnson Shut-Ins State Park, 148 Taum Sauk Trail, Middlebrook, MO 63656-9601.
News Release (May 15, 2015): Agencies Offer Addendum to Damage Assessment Plan for the Southeast Missouri Lead Mining District to Include the Madison County Mines Site
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, acting as trustees for natural resources, invite the public to an informational meeting on Wednesday May 27, 2015, to learn about the trustees’ draft Madison County Mines Site Addendum to the Southeast Missouri Lead Mining District Damage Assessment Plan. The addendum to the Damage Assessment Plan is a keystone document in the natural resource damage assessment and restoration process at the Madison County Mines Site. The meeting will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Black River Electric Cooperative, 2600 Highway 67, Fredericktown, Missouri 63645.
News Release (December 8, 2014): Agencies Offer Information on Prospective Land Purchase and Other Restoration and Assessment Activities in Southeast Missouri
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, acting as Trustees for Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration (Trustees), invite the public to an informational meeting on Thursday, December 18, 2014, to learn about the potential acquisition and restoration of land and other restoration activities using natural resource damage restoration funds in southeast Missouri. The meeting will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the visitor’s center of Johnson Shut-Ins State Park, 148 Taum Sauk Trail, Middlebrook, MO 63656-9601.
News Release (October 1, 2014): Agencies Offer Information on Request for Proposals for Natural Resource Restoration Projects in Southeast Missouri
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Missouri Department of Natural Resources, acting as Trustees for Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration (Trustees), invite the public to an information meeting on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, to learn about a request for proposals for natural resource restoration in southeast Missouri. The meeting will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Mineral Area College, North College Center, 5270 Flat River Rd, Park Hills, Missouri.
Request for Proposals: Southeast Missouri Request for Proposals for Riparian, Wetland, and Floodplain Restoration (6-page PDF)
Mining and smelting sites within St. Francois, Reynolds, Jefferson and Iron Counties in Missouri are located within the Southeast Missouri Lead Mining District, an area that was mined extensively for lead and zinc for more than a century. As a result of this mining and related activities, large amounts of metals including cadmium, lead, zinc, and nickel were released and are continuing to be released into Missouri's environment. Cadmium, lead, zinc, and other metals associated with mining are potentially toxic to a wide variety of plants and animals.
Under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, and implementing regulations, the Director of the Department of Natural Resources (Missouri DNR) and the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) are Trustees for natural resources in the Southeast Missouri Lead Mining District . Natural resources over which Missouri DNR and DOI exercise trusteeship include surface waters (rivers, lakes, streams, etc.), ground water, soils, air, plants, and animals. As Trustees, the State of Missouri and DOI serve as stewards for these resources within the Southeast Missouri Lead Mining District and have the authority to assess whether the resources and their services have been injured as a result of release(s) of hazardous substances. Injuries to natural resources can occur if the resources are exposed to concentrations of hazardous substances that are high enough to cause specific adverse effects. For example, injuries can occur if lead and/or zinc concentrations in surface waters are so high that relevant water quality criteria are exceeded. Plants and animals are injured if they die, cannot reproduce normally, become sick or are otherwise negatively affected as defined under relevant laws and regulations.
Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration Process
The process through which the Trustees evaluate injuries to natural resources associated with the release(s) of hazardous substances and determine appropriate compensation for those injuries is called natural resource damage assessment and restoration (NRDAR). DOI promulgated and published NRDAR regulations in the Federal Register (43 CFR Part 11.). These regulations provide procedures by which trustees can identify natural resource injuries, quantify those injuries, determine appropriate compensation (damages) for the injured resources and the services they provide, and restore those injured resources. The NRDAR process includes a number of different steps, specifically:
DOI and the State of Missouri have begun a NRDAR for portions of the Southeast Missouri Lead Mining District. In June 2008, the Trustees completed the pre-assessment phase for the Big River Mine Tailings Superfund Site and Surrounding Area in the St. Francois County portion of Southeast Missouri Lead Mining District and three sites within the Viburnum Trend portion of the Lead Mining District : Sweetwater Mine and Mill Complex, West Fork Mine and Mill Complex, and Glover Smelter which culminated in two Preassessment Screens and Determinations (Missouri DNR and DOI 2008). In the Preassessment Screens, in accordance with applicable regulations, the Trustees concluded that further investigation and assessment of natural resource injury and damages was warranted at the Sites described above. 43 C.F.R §§11.24 and 11.25.
In addition to this website, you can learn more about the Southeast Missouri Lead Mining District NRDA by visiting the Missouri Department of Natural Resources at (leave this website):http://www.dnr.mo.gov/env/hwp/sfund/nrda.htm
Natural Resource Damage Assessment Contacts
During the NRDAR process, the Trustees create a number of key documents which are released to the public for review and comment. Below are links to Trustee reports for the Southeast Missouri Natural Resource Damage Assessment. If you have any questions concerning information found in any of these reports or any other comments related to the Southeast Missouri Lead Mining District NRDA, contact us via email.
Currently Funded Restoration Projects
Natural Resource Restoration: Property Acquisitions and Supplemental Assessment (Dec. 2015) 31-page PDF
Finding of No Significant Impact (Jan. 6, 2016) 4-page PDF
Buildings for Babies Foundation Property (Dec. 2015) 20-page PDF
Frederick Creek Ranch Proposal (Dec. 2015) 18-page PDF
Native Plant Diversity Restoration (Dec. 23, 2015) 15-page PDF
West Fork Black River Bottomland Restoration Project (Dec. 22, 2015) 13-page PDF
Wilderness Connection and Watershed Protection for the East Fork of the Black River (Dec. 23, 2015) 27-page PDF
Previously Funded Restoration Projects
Decision Memo SEMO RFP 1 8-page PDF
Environmental Action Statement for SEMO RFP1 2-page PDF (May 2015)
Soil and Water Conservation Program Response to SEMO RFP (Dec. 15, 2014) 32-page PDF
SEMO Riparian Corridor RFP (Oct. 15, 2014) 8-page PDF
Current Restoration Proposals
There are no current proposals at this time.
Prior Restoration Proposals
Public Meeting Presentation Natural Resource Restoration in the Southeast Missouri Lead Mining District: Property Acquisition and Supplemental Environmental Assessment (Sept. 2, 2015) 46-page PDF
DRAFT Natural Resource Restoration in the Southeast Missouri Lead Mining District: Proposal for Property Acquisitions and Supplemental Environmental Assessment (Sept. 2, 2015) 12-page PDF
Proposed Native Plant Diversity Restoration: Non-Native Invasive Species Treatments and Planting on Mark Twain National Forest (Sept. 4, 2015) 9-Page PDF
Proposed West Fork Black River Bottomland Restoration Project (Sept. 4, 2015) 6-Page PDF
Strategic Restoration Implementation Plan (December 2015) 1-Page PDF
Southeast Missouri Ozarks Regional Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment (June 2014) 179-page PDF; 3.6MB
Finding of No Significant Impact - Southeast Missouri Ozarks Regional Restoration Plan (June 11, 2014) PDF; 2 pages
Phosphate Treatment of Lead-Contaminated Soil: Effects on Water Quality, Plant Uptake, and Lead Speciation July 10, 2015 (10-page PDF)
Environmental Implications of Phosphate-Based Amendments in Heavy Metal Contaminated Alluvial Soil November 6, 2014 (79-page PDF; 1MB)
Viburnum Trend Lead Mining District Transition Zone Assessment Study Report August 2014 (88-page PDF; 2.8MB)
Associating Soil Lead with Adverse Effects on Songbirds in the Southeast Missouri Mining District July 28, 2014 (39-page PDF; 1.3MB)
Toxic Exposure of Songbirds to Lead in the Southeast Missouri Lead Mining District (08-06-13) 367KB PDF
Effects of mining-associated lead and zinc soil contamination on native floristic quality by Struckhoff et al. Published (9-page PDF )
Big River: Assessment of Mussels and Heavy Metals in Sediment (Roberts et al. 2009) (Final 12-09) 6.6 MB PDF
Big River Borrow Pit Monitoring Project by Owens et al. 2012 (3MB PDF ; 82-pages)
Distribution, Geochemistry, and Storage of Mining Sediment in Channel and Floodplain Deposits of the Big River System in St. Francois, Washington, and Jefferson Counties, Missouri. Final Report (June 18, 2010) 4MB PDF; 141 pages
Effects of Metals on Crayfish in Big River, Missouri 2010 (Allert et al.) Final (2010) 526KB PDF
Floristic Quality Assessment USGS Final Report (2009) 5.2MB PDF
Sediment Toxicity Report (Besser et al. 2009) USGS Final Report (2009) 1MB PDF
Madison County Mines Crayfish Sampling and Analysis Plan (June 2, 2015) 5MB PDF
Proposed Survey of Freshwater Mussels, Mussel Habitat, and Sediment Contamination on the Big River, Missouri (August 2013) 526KB PDF; 6-pages
Spatial distribution, geochemistry, and storage of mining sediment in channel and floodplain deposits of streams draining the Viburnum Trend Mining District of Southeast Missouri (Aug. 16, 2012) 217KB PDF ; 17-pages
Work Plan to Assist the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in identification of the depth of mine tailings contamination of streambed sediments in the Viburnum Trend mining district of southeastern Missouri (2012) 127KB PDF ; 12 pages
Sampling and Analysis Plan for the Viburnum Trend Lead Mining District Transition Zone Assessment Study (July 2012) 933KB PDF ; 43-pages
Statement of Work: Channel Instability and Sediment Contamination Risk to Lower Big River Mussel Beds October 7, 2010 (168KB PDF ; 12-pages)
Big River Long Term Monitoring Methods (July 2010) 28KB PDF
Study Plan for Crayfish (January 2009) 2.2MB PDF
Study Plan for Floristic Quality Index (January 2009) 92KB PDF
Study Plan for Riffle Studies (January 2009) 46KB PDF
Study Plan for Bird Injury (Spring 2009) 58KB PDF
Big River Mine Sediment Assessment Project (2008-2009) prepared Nov. 7, 2008 - - 14-page PDF
Study Plan for Sediment Metal Toxicity (September 2008) 53KB PDF
Sediment and Mussel Sampling Plan (August 2008) 113KB PDF
Madison County Draft Damage Assessment Plan Addendum (May 15, 2015) 1.2 MB PDF
Phase I final (January 2009) 2.2MB PDF
Preassessment Screen and Determination; Madison County Mines Site, Madison County, Missouri (June 2014) 2.1MB PDF ; 25 pages
Viburnum Trend (Fletcher et al.) Preassessment Screen (March 2009) 588KB PDF
Addendum to Preassessment Screen for Big River Mine Tailings Site (BRMT) (January 2009) 340KB PDF
Viburnum Trend (Sweetwater et al.) Preassessment Screen (June 2008) 108KB PDF
Big River Mine Tailings Site Preassessment Screen (June 2008) 220KB PDF