Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Missouri Department of Natural Resources

The Department of Natural Resources wants public input about Roaring River State Park in Cassville and Big Sugar Creek State Park in Pineville and their operations.  It’s holding an informational meeting for both parks at 6 o’clock tonight at Roaring River’s Emory Melton Inn and Conference Center.

Park site staff will be available to provide information and answer questions, and DNR says the public is invited to share comments.

Michele Skalicky

Two public meetings on the future of Missouri’s newest state parks are finished and one more is set for Thursday, December 7.  Comments are also being taken online through January 5, 2018.  

Springfield Wants to Curb Use of Harmful Sealants

Jun 16, 2017
St. Joseph County / Quote_Parking Lot Services

The city of Springfield is voluntarily refraining from using coal tar based sealants (CTBS) at its facilities after studies suggest they can be harmful to streams and aquatic life.

The City Council’s Community Involvement Committee met on Tuesday to discuss an alternative method of the compound. The CTBS contains polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), a group of chemicals that can be found in products made from fossil fuels.

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Springfield citizens will, on average, pay around five percent more for utilities beginning next summer.

City Council last month approved rate increases for sewer, water and gas.

These increases will ultimately cost around $1.50 more a month, which officials say will help pay for mandated upgrades to the sewer system. According to Steve Meyer, the city’s director of Environmental Services, the increase is lower than what was previously being considered.

Water Resource Center / Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Missouri Citizens will vote this November on renewing the Parks, Soil, and Water sales tax. It’s been renewed by voters before in 1988, 1996 and 2006.

“This tax provides money for the parks and the soil and water department to help Missouri citizens to protect their water and soil resources as well as provide a park system to access for free.”

Tiffany Frey is the executive director of the James River Basin Partnership.