OREGON COUNTY -- The quarterly meeting of the Scenic Rivers Watershed Partnership was held Dec. 7 at the Warm Fork Restaurant in Thayer.
Oregon County Presiding Commissioner Leo Warren served as host for the meeting. He is also chairman of the watershed partnership board of directors. Other board members present included Vice Chairman Jim Biggs, Dent County; Secretary Linda Garrett, Texas County; Larry Spence, Howell County; and Mike Smith, a representative from the Missouri Department of Conservation. MDC coordinated the meeting.
Two guest speakers participated in the meeting. Ozark National Scenic Riverways Park Superintendent Noel Poe addressed those gathered concerning the process of revising the park's general management plan
The last speaker of the day was Phil Schroeder with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Poe spoke on water quality issues involving the Eleven Point, Jacks Fork and Current rivers.
The Scenic Rivers Watershed Partnership was formed in the early 1990s in an effort to protect the watersheds of the Eleven Point, Jacks Fork and Current rivers. The partnership covers nine counties in southern Missouri, Oregon, Shannon, Ripley, Howell. Texas, Reynolds, Carter, Ripley and Dent Counties.
The organization exists solely on donations from private individuals, government agencies, environmental groups and conservation organizations.
The watershed partnership will meet again March 1 in Salem, Mo., with a time and place to be announced at a later date.