New initiative calls for public input on watershed planning

Graphic for Lower-Missouri Crooked Watershed blog posts. Contains "Our Missouri   Waters" initiative logo, Missouri Department of Natural Resources logo, and partner   regional planning commission logos for Mid-America Regional Council, Green Hills   Regional Planning Commission and Pioneer Trails Regional Planning Commission.This post is the first in a series about the Lower-Missouri Crooked River Watershed planning process.

Missouri has abundant and diverse water resources rivaled by few other states in the nation. The quality of life for each Missourian is closely tied to the health of our waterways and other natural resources. Ensuring that today’s residents and future generations can enjoy Missouri’s waters is an important part of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ (MDNR) mission. As it works to create a rich legacy for the state’s waters, MDNR recognizes that the agency can’t do this important work alone. MDNR’s “Our Missouri Waters” effort brings together an engaged local citizenry and good science to improve and maintain healthy waterways.

Rather than focusing on regulation, the Our Missouri Waters initiative seeks to share information and build relationships and understandings necessary to maintain healthy watersheds. Residents of area counties are invited to participate in a watershed planning process for the Lower Missouri – Crooked River Watershed. This planning effort is led by the three regional planning commissions located within the watershed — the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), Green Hills Regional Planning Commission (GHRPC), and Pioneer Trails Regional Planning Commission (PTRPC).

Local Advisory Committees will meet in each of the three regional planning commission areas, and we invite you to participate. (See the meeting schedule below.) Each committee will work with local stakeholders and a team of professionals to identify issues, explore possible solutions, and help develop criteria to guide the planning effort. Work will focus on local areas and the watershed as a whole through June 30, 2016, resulting in a healthy watershed plan. Those interested are asked to complete a survey on watershed issues, and review a PDF of background information on the existing conditions of the watershed.

Meeting Times and Locations

  • Dec. 10, 2015, 10 a.m.–noon, Carrollton Library, Basement Meeting Room, 1 N Folger St., Carrollton, MO 64633: Green Hills Regional Planning Commission for Caldwell and Caroll counties.
  • Dec. 16, 2015, 46 p.m., MARC conference center, 600 Broadway, Suite 200, Kansas City, MO 64105: Mid-America Regional Council for Cass, Jackson, Johnson (KS), Ray and Wyandotte (KS) counties.
  • Dec. 17, 2015, 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m., Lexington City Hall, 919 Franklin, Lexington, MO 64067: Pioneer Trails Regional Planning Commission for Johnson, Lafayette and Saline counties.

Map of Lower Missouri - Crooked River Watershed with area of detail

Your participation is important to the project. We encourage you to be engaged in the entire planning process and help create a healthy watershed plan that meets the needs of your community and the future of the watershed for generations to come.

Contact Information

Alecia Kates, Water Quality Planner, Mid-America Regional Council
816-701-8233 • www.marc.org
600 Broadway, Suite 200, Kansas City, MO 64105

Randy Railsback, Executive Director, Green Hills Regional Planning Commission
660-359-5636 X11 •  www.ghrpc.org
1104 Main Street, Trenton, MO 64683

Ruth Anne Parrott, Environmental Planner, Pioneer Trails Regional Planning Commission
660-463-7934 • www.trailsrpc.org
PO Box 123, 802 S. Gordon, Room 102, Concordia, MO 64020

Our Missouri Waters initiative web page, Missouri Department of Natural Resources

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