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FWS Starts Restoration of Southwest Missouri

Region 3, June 4, 2012
This creek, in the Tri-State Mining District of southwest Missouri, runs red with high levels of iron. Less visible but more toxic are the high levels of lead and zinc that are also present in the sediment and water.
This creek, in the Tri-State Mining District of southwest Missouri, runs red with high levels of iron. Less visible but more toxic are the high levels of lead and zinc that are also present in the sediment and water. - Photo Credit: n/a

The Service, along with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, has begun the process of restoring land devastated by lead and zinc mining in the Tri-State Mining District. Through Natural Resource Damage settlements, the two trustees have approximately $20 million to spend on restoration projects. We have previously had meetings with local municipalities, land trusts, and state agencies, to inform them of the goals and process of mineland restoration. On June 4th, we held a workshop with all of these entities to facilitate the partnerships that will be needed for successful restoration projects. On June 25th, the first Request For Proposals for restoration projects was announced. The Service has $235,000 to disseminate to worthy proposals for streambank restoration near Joplin, Missouri. We have been encouraged by the attendance at our meetings, and at the interest that has been shown for restoring streams impacted by historic mining. This is the first of many RFPs that will seek restoration projects that mitigate for injured natural resources in Missouri.

Contact Info: Scott Hamilton, 573 234-2132 x 122, scott_hamilton@fws.gov