Lakes, Rivers And Streams
Safe, clean water is crucial to both environmental stewardship and Missouri’s economy. Missouri's six million residents must have confidence that the water we drink and the water our children play in can be trusted at all times. For these reasons, we must protect this vital resource from all forms of dangerous biological and chemical contaminants.
Water is critical to the economic future of our state. Our key location at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers has blessed us with an abundance of water that allows industry to flourish. Our rivers must be protected for their scenic beauty and their value as a resource.
To protect our environment and to assure that we provide our children with a future of abundance, the Attorney General's Office will protect our streams, rivers, and groundwater from chemical and bacterial contaminants. We will keep our waters from being choked with contaminants that destroy a sound ecosystem. As Missourians, we share the opportunity and the obligation to protect this valuable resource.
Recent Clean Water Enforcement Actions
Coconuts at the Lake, LLC (Resolved 8/16/12)
- An owner of a wastewater treatment facility in Morgan County agreed to resolve past violations of the Clean Water Law by connecting to a regional sewer system and paying a civil penalty of $30,000.00.
Charles Cooper, LLC d/b/a Clear Creek Farms (Resolved 8/8/12)
- Owner of confined animal feeding operation had numerous permit violations, as well as discharges of pollutants to waters of the state and violations of a previous Settlement Agreement. Owner agreed to pay a civil penalty of $15,000.00, and to pay for the State’s response costs in investigating discharges of $3,908.97. The Consent Judgment was approved by the Macon County Circuit Court.
Elinor Reed Revocable Trust (Resolved 8/1/12)
- Benton County owner of a wastewater treatment facility for a recreational vehicle and mobile home park agreed to pay a $7,000.00 civil penalty for numerous violations of the Clean Water Law associated with the facility.
Courtney Ridge Landfill, LLC (Resolved 7/30/12)
- A discharge of contaminated leachate from a landfill resulted in pollution of waters of the state. The landfill owner agreed to pay a civil penalty of $8,000.00 and the State’s response costs of $8,134.46.
Julie McGowan and Sunny Acres II, LLC (Resolved 5/16/12)
- Owner of mobile home park agreed to pay a $10,000.00 civil penalty to resolve numerous violations associated with the operation and maintenance of its wastewater treatment facility. The agreement was approved by the Jefferson County Circuit Court.
City of Springfield (Resolved 5/15/12)
- The city of Springfield agreed to make extensive improvements to its sewer system in order to eliminate illegal overflows of untreated raw sewage from the City’s wastewater collection system and bypasses from its two wastewater treatment plants. While the full cost of the improvement won’t be known until 2013, when the City submits its long-term control plan, the City committed to spending at least $50 million on early action projects over the next 7 years: (1) increase the disinfection capacity of one of the City’s treatment plants; (2) construct a new sewer line; (3) rehabilitate clay pipes and connections; (4) implement a pilot program to reduce inflow and infiltration entering the system from private property; (5) increase the City’s ability to monitor and quantify flow reductions; (6) increase public outreach and education efforts; and (7) increase the number of City employees handling sewer maintenance issues. Springfield agreed to reimburse the Department of Natural Resources up to $40,000.00 for costs associated with implementing the consent judgment, entered in Greene County Circuit Court.
Red Oak Resorts, LLC (Resolved 5/14/12)
- Camden County resort owner agreed to pay a civil penalty of $7,000.00 and to fulfill a compliance schedule to maintain and improve its wastewater treatment facility.
Henry Edmon (Resolved 4/16/12)
- Pulaski county business owner agreed to construct improvements to his wastewater treatment lagoon and pay a civil penalty of $2,000.00 to resolve violations of the Clean Water Law.
Whirlwind Properties, LLC (Resolved 3/23/12)
- Mobile home park owner had numerous violations of the Missouri State Operating Permit for its wastewater treatment facility. The owner agreed to close the lagoon and pay a civil penalty of $15,000.00.
Landmark Builders, Inc. (Resolved 1/31/12)
- Boone County developer agreed to a civil penalty of $14,000.00 to resolve violations of its land disturbance permit. A consent judgment was approved by the Boone County Circuit Court, which also imposed requirements to stabilize the disturbed area to prevent future pollution.
Matt Grisham d/b/a Rum Runners (Resolved 1/20/12)
- Restaurant and bar owner allegedly pumped contents of wastewater treatment tank onto the ground. He agreed to pay a civil penalty of $5,500.00, which was approved by the St. Francois County Circuit Court.