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Archive of Prior Announcements - Southeast Missouri Lead Mining District

 

 

Trustee Agencies Plan to Restore the Little St. Francis River Pile at 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 Tuesday, October 25, 2016, to learn about the trustees’ proposal to restore natural resources at the Little St. Francis River Pile site in Fredericktown..  The meeting will be from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Black River Electric Cooperative, 2600 Highway 67, Fredericktown, Missouri 63645.

 

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Trustees Seek Public Comment on Feasibility Study Proposal: Meramec River Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study

The Missouri DNR proposed to use $100,000 in restoration funds to partially fund a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Feasibility Study in the Meramec River Basin. The Feasibility Study is designed to identify ecosystem restoration opportunities in the Meramec River Basin, including the Big River watershed, which will help the Trustees to plan and design future restoration projects. 

 

The specific interest of the Missouri DNR in conjunction with the Fish and Wildlife Service is to plan and design restoration projects that compensate for injuries to resources in the Big River from releases from the Big River Mine Tailings site.  As a result, the top priority of the Trustees is for this Feasibility Study to identify restoration projects in the Big River itself.  

 

The public was invited to submit comments on this Restoration Planning Proposal.  The Trustees accepted comments for a thirty day time period, from August 16, 2016, through September 16, 2016.

 

Meramec River Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study Proposal Adobe pdf icon

 

For additional information concerning this restoration planning proposal, please contact Tim Rielly, MDNR at tim.rielly@dnr.mo.gov or (573) 522-3356. 

 

Three Proposals from Missouri DNR

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service supports the further exploration and full development of preliminary proposals submitted by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for on-site restoration in southeast Missouri. The preliminary proposals submitted by Missouri DNR describe early ideas for restoration at three sites in Madison and St. Francois counties, Missouri. We encourage the Missouri DNR to work cooperatively with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that restoration and site clean-up activities proceed compatibly.

 

The encouragement to develop full restoration proposals is part of an ongoing Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration process conducted by co-trustees, including the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in the Southeast Missouri Lead Mining District under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced its support for further exploration so the public can be informed of the status of the restoration proposals.

 

Letter from Missouri DNR to the Service Introducing Proposals (dated April 6, 2016) Adobe pdf icon

 

Missouri DNR Proposals (dated April 6, 2016) Adobe pdf icon

 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Response to Missouri DNR Proposals (dated June 7, 2016) Adobe pdf icon

 


 

News Release (March 18, 2016): Agencies Release Draft Plan to Study Movement of Heavy Metals in the Lead Mining Area of Southeast Missouri

The Missouri Trustee Council, which includes the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, is announcing that a draft study plan, “Damages Assessment Plan Addendum for Transition Zone Assessment at the Madison County Mines Site,” is available for public review and comment.

 

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DRAFT Damages Assessment Plan Addendum for Transition Zone Assessment at the Madison County Mines Site Adobe pdf icon

 


News Release (Jan. 8, 2016): University Researchers and Agencies Release Draft Assessment Plan Addendum to Study Lead Effects on Songbirds: Study is part of Natural Resource Damage Assessment in Southeast Missouri

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it is launching a study to assess the effects of lead exposure on songbirds breeding within the Southeast Missouri Lead Mining District. The study is being led by researchers at Southeast Missouri State University, University of Missouri-Columbia and the U.S. Geological Survey.

 

The study is part of an ongoing Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration process conducted by co-trustees, including the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in the Southeast Missouri Lead Mining District under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act.  The co-trustees are making the Draft Songbird Assessment Plan available for public review and comment.

 

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Study Plan: Effects of lead (Pb) exposure on songbirds breeding within the 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.

 

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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 Adobe pdf icon)

 

2)  Proposed Native Plant Diversity Restoration: Non-Native Invasive Species Treatments and Planting on Mark Twain National Forest (9-Page PDF Adobe pdf icon)

 

3)  Proposed West Fork Black River Bottomland Restoration Project (6-Page PDF Adobe pdf icon)

 

Please submit comments electronically (preferred) to:

 

Mr. Eric Gramlich
CERCLA/OPA NRDAR Section Chief
Missouri Department of Natural Resources,
P.O. Box 176
Jefferson City, MO  65102-0176
573-526-3353
Email: eric.gramlich@dnr.mo.gov

 

or

 

Mr. John Weber
Environmental Contaminants Specialist
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
101 Park DeVille Dr. Suite A
Columbia, MO  65203
573-234-2132 x177
Email: John_S_Weber@fws.gov

 

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Ms. Becky Bryan
Remediation Coordinator
Mark Twain National Forest
401 Fairgrounds Road
Rolla, MO 65401
573-341-7436
Email: blbryan@fs.fed.us

 

 


 

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.

 

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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. 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Request for Proposals: Southeast Missouri Request for Proposals for Riparian, Wetland, and Floodplain Restoration (6-page PDF)

 


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