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Watershed group to meet

Thursday, February 12, 2004

Staff Writer

SHANNON COUNTY -- The topic for the March Scenic Rivers Watershed Partnership Group will be Point Source Solution: Trail Rides and Septic Tanks.

The meeting will be at 1 p.m. for March 3 at the Shannon County Courthouse in Eminence.

The topic was originally set for last June's meeting but it was put on hold until the Shannon County meeting concerning the banks of the Jacks Fork River.

In 1998 an eight-mile stretch of the Jacks Fork was included in Missouri's list of impaired waters as required by Section 303(d) of the Federal Clean Water Act.

The identified pollutant on the river was fecal coliform bacteria

Potential sources of fecal contamination to the Jacks Fork include a wastewater treatment plant, a campground pit toilet or septic system, a large commercial cross country horseback facility, canoeists, boaters, tubers and cows.

The March meeting will give recent results of water testing on the river and plans will be discussed by local residents and the National Park Service on how to improve the water quality on the river.

The last Watershed meeting was at Summersville Dec. 3.

Several speakers attended including Oregon County Presiding Commissioner Leo Warren, who serves as chairman of the watershed partnership board of directors.

Tom Stehn, district engineer with the Missouri Department of Transportation, addressed the group, discussing the constuction of the new bridge on Highway 17 over the Jacks Fork.

Noel Poe, superintendent of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, was at the meeting and also addressed the group.

The Scenic Watershed Partnership Group was formed several years ago to protect and preserve the watersheds of the Eleven Point, Jacks Fork and Current Rivers in southern Missouri.

Besides Oregon and Shannon counties there are six other counties involved in the partnership. They include: Ripley, Howell, Texas, Dent, Carter and Reynolds counties.

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