Gov. Jay Nixon announced Tuesday that $750,000 will be made available to landowners for the implementation of conservation practices to improve stream corridors and habitat in five counties in southeast Missouri and five counties in the southwestern region.
Of the funds available, however, southeast Missouri soil and water conservation districts in St. Francois, Washington, Iron, Reynolds and Wayne counties will be eligible for $250,000. Soil and water conservation districts in Barry, Barton, Jasper, Lawrence and Newton counties in southwest Missouri will have $500,000 available for their projects.
The funds for southeast and southwest Missouri are available from a settlement to compensate for natural resources injured by the historical mining activities of ASARCO. In addition, funds from a settlement to compensate for natural resources injured by the release of hazardous substances at the Newton County Wells Site are available in southwest Missouri.
According to the governor’s office, oil and water conservation districts will approve contracts for the settlement funds with landowners through voluntary cost-share conservation practices in designated watersheds.
“These settlement dollars will help landowners in these counties put conservation practices in place to protect stream and river banks on their lands,” Gov. Nixon said. “By putting these dollars to work to prevent soil erosion, we’re helping to protect our natural resources for generations to come. Meanwhile, I’ve directed the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to continue working with local communities to identify additional projects that would benefit from settlement funds.”
Landowners in eligible counties should contact their soil and water conservation district offices to find out more about participating. A map of district offices is available online at swcd.mo.gov
Kevin Jenkins is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3614 or email@example.com