Beginning conversations with local citizens, resource agencies, and local governments on the condition on the Lower Missouri –Moreau River Watershed were held March 14, 15, and 16 in three mid-Missouri communities. This project has a goal of developing a practical, watershed strategy identifying obtainable goals to improve water quality for future generations. Partners in the planning effort include the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, University of Missouri Extension, and the Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission.These project orientation meetings provided attendees with a project overview and intent from MoDNR Watershed and Community Assistance Coordinator Mary Culler, and a Watershed 101 presentation by Bob Broz and Dan Downing with the University of Missouri Extension. A combined total of sixty attended the first round of meetings. Attendees provided input on their observations on the condition of the watershed, and ideas and possible goals for the watershed. The watershed includes portions of 14 counties in central Missouri. Land use in watershed is predominately forest and grassland, with an estimated 25% being crop land or urban land use.
The project will continue to hold meetings over the next nine months, by promoting a series of “conversations” with residents and planning partners within the watershed. Based on the planning discussions a description of the watershed priorities will be developed with a recommended action plan. The project presents the opportunity for community involvement, education and outreach and possible future financial assistance for identified activities. For additional information, or to participate in the planning effort please contact Mid-MO RPC staff.