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WQ181, New January 2000

Community Watershed Management Plan — Suggested Roles for Key Agencies

Dan Downing
Water Quality Associate
Bob Broz
Water Quality Specialist/Coordinator

This guide sheet is a list of responsibilities to be carried out by the respective agencies, governmental and nongovernmental organizations that have a vested interests in local watershed issues. It is also intended for use as a component of a locally developed watershed management plan or watershed restoration action strategy. It is not intended to replace or serve as a watershed management plan.

This guide was developed and reviewed by MDA, Missouri DNR, MCGA, NRCS and MU Extension representatives. Parts I, II, III contain the information needed for preliminary planning and record keeping for those key players in a specified watershed. Part IV is a plan of action for communities to follow if a notice of violation (NOV) is issued for their public water supply.

Part I
Suggested roles for the water plant operator or city officials

As part of the watershed management plan the water plant operator or public works official should have a notebook or manual containing the following information:

Optional items that are recommended

Local NRCS

Local MU Extension center

Regional Missouri DNR

State MDA

State Missouri DNR

Part II
Suggested roles for NRCS and/or MU Extension

Local NRCS contact

Local MU Extension contact

Local NRCS and MU Extension personnel work together to help communities develop watershed management plans and watershed teams. They encourage collaborative efforts, sound management practices and convey the message of shared watershed management responsibility for urban and rural residents.

NRCS and MU Extension are also partners with nongovernmental groups to help local officials and/or local water district personnel coordinate individual management plans.

These two agencies should have the following current information about the watershed on file:


MU Extension

Missouri DNR






Part III
Suggested roles for the MDA and Missouri DNR

Regional MDA

State MDA

Regional Missouri DNR

State Missouri DNR

Missouri DNR should

MDA should

Each agency should have on file


MU Extension


Part IV
Plan of action

After a NOV has been issued for pesticide levels

The Missouri DNR will

  1. Notify the public water supply and the MDA, who in turn, initiates official investigation and contacts the regional MDA.
  2. Coordinate information sharing and notifies technical support team that consists of
    • Plant operator or city official
    • State/Regional Missouri DNR
    • State/Local NRCS
    • State/Local MU Extension
    • Key NGOs
    • Appropriate crop commodity group if a pesticide violation occurs
    • Appropriate livestock commodity group if a nutrient violation occurs

Other organizations will

  1. Local NRCS/SWCD and MU Extension will coordinate with the regional Missouri DNR and the MDA representatives, who are meeting with treatment plant operator
  2. Local NRCS/SWCD and MU Extension will work with Missouri DNR and MDA in reviewing the community's watershed information file
  3. Local NRCS/SWCD and MU Extension will compile area data and assist the MDA in it's investigation

The technical support team will

  1. Collaborate with nongovernmental groups to obtain landowner assistance
  2. Develop a plan of action with local producers and others to correct possible repeat of violation
  3. Work with nongovernmental groups and land/business owners to implement a plan of action

List of acronyms

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