missouri department of natural resources

9:02 am
Tue April 22, 2014

CPS partners with Mo. DNR for new nature school

Dr. Peter Stiepleman
Credit Columbia Public Schools

A unique partnership between Columbia Public Schools and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has sparked plans for a new school rooted in nature and science education. One-third of the $1.2 million project will be funded by the Department of Natural Resources.      

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5:23 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Columbia receives grant to help fix historic homes

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  The City of Columbia has received a grant to help fix up historic properties.

Columbia holds about 140 officially recognized historic properties and many other unofficial historic homes. With the new grant from the state, city planner Rachel Bacon said the city’s preservation commission has found a way help property owners who are intimidated by updating their homes: A do-it-yourself seminar series.   

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Missouri Environment
7:04 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Proponents pushing a plan to reduce e-waste in Missouri landfills

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In Missouri, certain businesses, schools, churches and government agencies are required by law to properly manage electronic waste or e-waste.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:05 am
Wed January 29, 2014

New Mo. website shows hazardous waste sites

A new online map could make it easier for people to find out details about scores of hazardous waste sites throughout Missouri.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:45 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Frac sand mine permit approved by DNR

Ste. Genevieve County resident Mike Miller asks the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to deny Summit Proppants its frac sand mining permit.
Credit Kristofor Husted / KBIA

Missouri’s Department of Natural Resources approved the permit for a 73-acre frac sand mine in Ste. Genevieve County Thursday.  The department also denied a request for an official hearing on the proposed mine owned by Summit Proppants.

Several people who live near the proposed mine have been fighting the approval of the permit for most of the year. They’ve cited health, environmental and quality of life concerns. Ste. Genevieve county resident Mike Miller says they are disappointed but will continue to fight the mine in the legal system.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:32 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Mo. DNR seeks public input on waterways that don't meet quality standards

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The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is looking for public input on its list of impaired bodies of water. 

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9:20 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Mo. DNR gives five school districts funds to replace buses

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The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is awarding five Missouri school districts with funds to replace their old school buses with newer, cleaner-running versions.

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5:14 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

State and federal officials develop mining waste plan

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State and federal officials have developed a plan to restore natural resources damaged by mining waste in eastern and southeast Missouri, and a series of public meetings on the plan is scheduled to start Tuesday.

The Daily Journal in Park Hills reports the plan was crafted by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service.

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5:01 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Mo. Department of Natural Resources postpones vote on frac sand mine permit

Jim Hardy, who lives near the proposed frac sand mine in Ste. Genevieve County, tells the Department of Natural Resources that his wife’s health condition would be impacted if the mine was permitted to operate.
Credit Kristofor Husted / KBIA

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has postponed its decision on issuing a permit for a proposed frac sand mine in Ste. Genevieve County.

The department’s Land Reclamation Commission voted Thursday to table its decision for two weeks so it can determine if the mine’s location would violate a federal non-discrimination act.

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4:54 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Ameren Plans Cleanup of Downtown Columbia Site

Photo provided by Paul Sablemen

Ameren Missouri is finishing up plans to clean up property it owns in downtown Columbia that is contaminated by gas plant tars, which can contain carcinogens.

The property is in the North Village Arts District, which is attracting commercial and residential development.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports Ameren's fact sheet on the cleanup says it will remove about 36,000 tons of contaminated soil but the utility has not determined where the soil would be dumped.

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Missouri Drone Journalism Program
7:30 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Northern states enjoy an oil boom with free Missouri River water [video]

Natural gas burns in a flare near Lake Sakakawea in western North Dakota. Drilling companies in the area often consider the gas a waste product and dispose of it by burning.
Credit Brendan Gibbons, / Missouri Drone Journalism Program

  In North Dakota’s arid badlands, huge tanker trucks rumble along the hundreds of new dirt roads that web the mottled landscape. They roll over slotted metal grates that keep cows from wandering onto drilling pads. A metal sign pockmarked with bullet holes reads, “Little Missouri National Grassland: Land of Many Uses.”

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Science, Health and Technology
4:52 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Bacteria, flooding close more Missouri public beaches

Flooding and concerns about water quality have prompted the closings of more public swimming beaches in Missouri.

The Department of Natural Resources says tests found high levels of bacteria at the day-use beach at Harry S. Truman State Park and the Grand Glaize Beach at the Lake of the Ozarks.

The beach at Mark Twain State Park is closed because of flooding and bacteria. The beaches at Thousand Hills State Park in Kirksville and Lake Wappapello in southeastern Missouri have been shut down by flooding.

Science, Health and Technology
8:10 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Environmental Groups Demand Groundwater Testing Near Ameren Power Plants

Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 5:53 pm

Environmental groups are once again urging state officials to require groundwater monitoring at Ameren’s coal-fired power plants in eastern Missouri.

The Sierra Club and Labadie Environmental Organization submitted a letter to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources on Thursday asking the state not to allow Ameren to build new coal ash landfills before testing groundwater for contamination.

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9:48 am
Fri March 29, 2013

There's a burning problem at the Bridgeton Landfill - it stinks, but is it unsafe?

(Véronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio)

Originally published on Mon April 1, 2013 7:29 am

Things have been heating up at the Bridgeton Landfill, a few miles west of the St. Louis airport.

Whether you call it an underground fire, a smoldering event, or just a chemical reaction, it’s causing temperatures inside the landfill to reach well over 200 degrees.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:38 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Still no Mo. DNR decision on MU-Flat Branch acid spill

Columbia's Flat Branch Creek.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources hasn't decided yet if it will penalize the University of Missouri for the release of about 25 gallons of sulfuric acid.

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