The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded $30,000 to the Missouri Coalition for the Environment to develop a watershed protection plan for a creek that runs through a state park in the St. Louis area.

The funds will be used to develop a nine-element watershed management plan to assess pollution issues from stormwater runoff in the Keifer Creek watershed, and develop and implement best management practices to resolve the issues. Best management practice designs and improvements from this plan, known as the Keifer Creek Watershed Management Plan, may be incorporated into criteria manuals and future local policies and ordinances addressing urban water quality within the watershed.

Kiefer Creek flows through the heart of Castlewood State Park, and is a tributary to the Meramec River.

The Missouri Coalition for the Environment will provide a match contribution of $20,004 during the life of the project bringing the total cost to $50,004. The coalition expects to complete this project by Nov. 30, 2014.

Partners in this collaborative effort include the Missouri Department of Conservation, the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, the East-West Gateway Council of Governments, St. Louis University, Washington University, Webster University, local municipalities and volunteer citizens.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Region 7 has provided partial funding for this project under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act. The Department of Natural Resources’ Water Protection Program will administer the grant funds. The department is committed to working closely with communities and businesses to assist with funding efforts that improve water quality in Missouri. For more information, contact the Water Protection Program at P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102 or call 800-361-4827 or 573-751-1300.

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