Missouri Has More Than 350 Blighted Lakes And Rivers

Missouri Has More Than 350 Blighted Lakes And Rivers — Some Might Be In Your Backyard

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has identified a new batch of lakes and streams that do not meet water quality standards.

The state agency added 60 water bodies to this year’s draft list of impaired waters, including several in the greater St. Louis region. Many of the listed water bodies had high concentrations of bacteria or algae, often linked to runoff from cities, towns and farms.

Under the federal Clean Water Act, states must submit an updated list to the Environmental Protection Agency every two years.

In Missouri, there are 356 water bodies on the 2020 draft impaired waters list statewide. Of these, 100 are lakes and 256 are rivers.

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