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This week, the James River Basin Partnership reached its goal of pumping out 1 million gallons of sewage from watershed in Southwest Missouri. KSMU's Greg Leuthen has more.
The Partnership reports that 70% of all septic tanks in Missouri are not properly maintained, which results in up to 100 million gallons of sewage entering Missouri's lakes and streams every day.
Holley Neill is the Executive Director of the James River Basin Partnership. She explains how the Partnership's program helps educate home owners about their septic tanks.
Neill says that funding from Bass Pro Shops, The Missouri Department of Conservation, and the National Fish and Wildlife Federation allows homeowners to pay for proper maintenance of their septic tanks.
The James River Basin Partnership has successfully pumped over 1,000 septic tanks in the James River and Table Rock Lake watershed areas. The Partnership has received enough funding to help pump 700 more septic tanks for homeowners in Southwest Missouri. Holley Neill says that septic tanks need to be pumped every 2-3 years.
For more information on how to receive assistance from the James River Basin Partnership, call 1-888-924-WATER or follow the link at KSMU.org to register on-line.