Elk River basin sub-Watershed Management Plans submitted to Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR); 319 project included water quality demonstration projects.

The ERWIA's MDNR-funded project to establish watershed management plans (WMPs) for meeting state water quality standards came to an end on July 31, 2011. The four-year 319 (Clean Water Act) Subgrant for WMPs also included water quality demonstration projects and education/outreach activities.

ERWIA partnered with the McDonald County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) for the Indian Creek Ag NPS SALT (Special Area Land Treatment) project. This SALT project implemented 24 agricultural best-management practices (BMPs) covering 1,292 acres. These BMPs included Stream Protection (76 acres), Nutrient Management (555 acres), Use Exclusion (111 acres), Riparian Forest Buffers (4 acres), Composting Facilities (40 acres) and Poultry Waste Management (506 acres).

Water quality projects included construction of rain gardens and vegetative swales adjacent to the parking lot at the village of Stella's Moses Eagle Park next to Indian Creek, as well as, rain gardens and landscaping at the city of Pineville's new public access to Elk River in Pineville. Two septic system remediation projects, both in Newton County portions of the Elk River watershed, were conducted: one north of Rocky Comfort near Indian Creek; and, the other south of Neosho near a tributary to Buffalo Creek.

Two WQ-10 projects were conducted with landowners in McDonald County in cooperation with the Soil and Water Conservation District. WQ-10 helps cooperating landowners pay for fencing cattle off streams to allow riparian corridors to re-vegetate naturally.

Education/outreach projects included annual Watershed Awareness Festivals, stream team cleanup events, landowner seminars on reducing nutrients in local streams and quarterly stakeholder meetings for landowner input on best-management practices for the Elk River basin's sub-WMPs. The MDNR project also included coordination with other new watershed groups in Shoal Creek, Spring River and Grand Lake O' the Cherokees watersheds.

Follow this link to view the Elk River basin sub-WMPs .

Water Quality Improvement Project

In the Elk River Watershed, the 5-year WQIP project focuses on four main areas: 1) partnering with Crowder College to initiate a training center for advanced on-site sewage systems targeting installers and other interested parties; 2) partnering with the community of Noel to enhance the connection between its citizens and visitors and the Elk River for phase one of a design for a streets-to-streams development in Noel; 3) demonstrating best management practices in both rural and urban settings within the through cost-share activities; and, 4) targeting information and education, including water awareness for children and adults. Click here to see pictures of the project open in a new browser. (or right-click, 'Save As' to download as a .pdf)

Water Quality and Nutrient Sources in the Elk River Basin: A Study by the U.S. Geological Survey 2004-2007

The study undertakes four major work tasks (1) basic stream gage and water-quality monitoring network and interpretation of all project data in a USGS report, (2) stream bed-sediment study, (3) seepage and water-quality studies along selected stream reaches, and (4) storm-event sampling at selected sites.
[USGS Report]

Watershed Action Management Plan

CTIC Watershed Management Action Plan (WMAP). During the development of the ERWIA's WMAP, three broad priority resource concerns were identified. Each of the goal statements, strategies for change and action steps contained in this Watershed Management Action Plan relate to one or more of these three priority concerns:

  1. High quality streams and rivers
  2. Land conservation and stewardship
  3. Sustainable economies and smart growth

Drury University's Indian Creek Project

In 2004, a Field Studies in Geography class at Drury University explored the Lanagan area in order to perform water quality tests and observe the overall health of the local environment. Follow the link to their on-line report. [more]