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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

  • Plant location
  • Plant contact
  • Phone
  • Fax

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:

  • A map of the watershed that drains into the reservoir
  • Number of acres in the watershed (drainage area)
  • Reservoir surface area and average depth (if applicable)
  • Other raw water sources
  • List of land owners in the watershed
  • Activities/businesses within the watershed
  • Listing of filtration system type and installation
  • Copies of the "Consumer Confidence Report"
  • Dates of when water test are collected
  • Records in accordance with Missouri DNR regulations
  • PWSD districts served by the municipality
  • Other pertinent information

Optional items that are recommended

  • Voluntary monitoring results
  • Contact people for filtration system repair
    • Company name
    • Emergency phone
    • Name of contact
    • Company address
  • List of agency contact people for assistance

Local NRCS

  • Contact name
  • Phone

Local MU Extension center

  • Contact name
  • Phone

Regional Missouri DNR

  • Contact name
  • Phone

State MDA

  • Contact name
  • Phone

State Missouri DNR

  • Contact name
  • Phone

Part II
Suggested roles for NRCS and/or MU Extension

Local NRCS contact

  • Phone
  • Fax

Local MU Extension contact

  • Phone
  • Fax

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:

  • Number of acres in the watershed
  • Number of acres in permanent pasture
  • Number of acres in woodland or forest and acres in row crop (five year average for corn, beans, milo and wheat)
  • Livestock operations in the watershed, locations and size
  • Surface area size and average depth of the reservoir (if applicable)
  • List of current landowners/operators in the watershed (Attached sheet)
  • Best management practice structures in watershed (waterways, buffers, terraces, etc.) (Attached sheet for each land owner)
  • Activities and businesses within the watershed (Attached sheet)
  • Name and contact of local agri-chemical/fertilizer suppliers (Attached sheet)
    • Position
    • Contact name
    • Phone
  • Name of water plant operator, city official or local contact
    • Position
    • Contact name
    • Phone
  • Agency contacts

NRCS/SWCD

  • Contact name
  • Phone

MU Extension

  • Contact name
  • Phone

Missouri DNR

  • Contact name
  • Phone

MDA

  • Contact name
  • Phone

MDC

  • Contact name
  • Phone
  • Nongovernmental organization contacts

MCGA

  • Contact name
  • Phone

MSBA

  • Contact name
  • Phone

Other

  • Contact name
  • Phone

Part III
Suggested roles for the MDA and Missouri DNR

Regional MDA

  • Contact name
  • Phone

State MDA

  • Contact name
  • Phone

Regional Missouri DNR

  • Contact name
  • Phone

State Missouri DNR

  • Contact name
  • Phone

Missouri DNR should

  • Monitor drinking water supplies in accordance with state and federal regulations
  • Provide treatment plant design and operation assistance
  • Provide outline for use in producing consumer confidence reports

MDA should

  • Provide copy of state pesticide management plan
  • Conduct required investigation if a NOV occurs

Each agency should have on file

  • A watershed map of the area that drains into the reservoir (if applicable)
  • Number of acres in the watershed
  • Number of acres in the reservoir (if applicable)
  • Other raw water sources
  • Filtration system type and installation date
  • Water Plant — Consumer Confidence Reports
  • Quarterly water test analysis
  • Local water plant operator or city official contact:
    • Name
    • Address
    • Phone.
    • Fax
  • Agency contacts

NRCS

  • Contact name
  • Phone

MU Extension

  • Contact name
  • Phone

SWCD

  • Contact name
  • Phone

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

  • MCGA
    Missouri Corn Growers Association
  • MDA
    Missouri Department of Agriculture
  • MDC
    Missouri Department of Conservation
  • MDOH
    Missouri Department of Health
  • MSBA
    Missouri Soy Bean Association
  • NGO
    Nongovernmental organizations
  • NRCS
    Natural Resources Conservation Service

 


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