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The Missouri Department of Natural Resources, or DNR, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have come up with a plan to restore southwest Missouri’s natural resources that have been hurt by harmful substances. The agencies plan to hold three public meetings, starting Wednesday night, to get feedback on the proposal. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has details.
Representatives from both departments will explain the plan at three public meetings in Springfield, Joplin and Neosho this week. During the meetings, the public will have the opportunity to ask questions or to comment.
When it becomes active, this plan will cover the majority of southwest Missouri.
According to a press release from DNR, the plan includes taking a look at just how much the area’s natural resources have been harmed by environmental hazards, like oil leaks.
To see a copy of the new restoration plan, you can visit www.dnr.mo.gov. Also, the public libraries in Joplin, Neosho and Springfield have hard copies of the plan.
The public meetings will be held:
· Tonight (Jan. 25) in Joplin, at MSSU’s Billingsley Student Center –that’s at 3950 E. Newman Rd.
· Tomorrow night (Jan. 26) in Neosho, at the Neosho National Fish Hatchery at 520 Park Street, and
· Monday, Jan. 30 in Springfield, at the Library Center at 4653 S. Campbell.
The meetings will start at 6:00 and end at 8:30 p.m. For those addresses, you can visit www.KSMU.org.
For KSMU News, I’m Rebekah Clark.