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Big River Watershed Group Relevance to Community. Government agencies will be doing something in this county soon, based on the recent ASARCO settlement: Make decisions about how lead (metals) will be removed or managed (i.e. - where/how) Plan/Implement Construction Projects

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big river watershed group relevance to community

Big River Watershed GroupRelevance to Community

Government agencies will be doing something in this county soon, based on the recent ASARCO settlement:

Make decisions about how lead (metals) will be removedor managed (i.e. - where/how)

Plan/Implement Construction Projects

Suggest/Implement New Regulations and/or Restrictions on Use of Floodplain Resources

Address lead-health issues inside/out of floodplain

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Big River Watershed GroupRelevance to Community
  • Agencies have asked for Community Input
      • Questions & Concerns
      • Outcomes & Objectives
      • Local knowledge; Current & Historical
      • Perspectives
      • Etc.
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Big River Watershed GroupRelevance to Community
  • Local Impacts to be considered:
    • Environment: How we deal with contaminants?
    • Natural Resources: How do we repair damages?
    • Economics How do the construction projects affect local:
      • Jobs/contracts?
      • New/existing recreational amenities?
      • Commercial operations on River/Floodplain?
      • Agriculture?
    • Public Health: How to protect our citizens?
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Big River Watershed GroupRelevance to Community

Developing a Road Map for Long Term Management of the Watershed

  • Multiple Administrations
    • Political
    • Bureaucratic
  • Multiple Agency Interests
  • Multiple Funding Sources/Opportunities
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Big River Master Planning Process

How did we get here?

  • U.S. EPA Superfund Actions throughout Old Leadbelt
  • Six Superfund Designations in St. Francois County
  • Successful suit against PRP (Potentially Responsible Party)
      • “ASARCO” - the American Smelting & Refining Company
      • Significant financial resources awarded in suit for clean-up and repair of natural resource damages throughout nation
      • $100 MM awarded to MO
      • $10’s MM designated for use in Old Lead Belt
  • Trustees: U.S. EPA; U.S. Fish/Wildlife; MO DNR
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Big River Master Planning Process

How did we get here?

  • St. Francois County Big River Watershed Group
    • Formed by MO DNR to address lead load in Big River
    • Met for several years to address watershed issues
      • Including Active Stream Team
    • Helped inform and engage County Commission in Watershed Discussion with the agencies.
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Big River Master Planning Process

How did we get here?

  • Commission/Agencies discussed path forward
  • Contemplated notion of multi-county initiative
  • Washington, Jefferson & St. Francois County Commissions/Council formed collaborative
  • Collaborative applied to EPA for funding
  • Superfund Cooperative Agreement Executed to develop “Master Plan”
  • Collaborative Issued RFQ for/hired consultant
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Big River Master Planning Process

How did we get here?

  • Consultant – URS Corporation, St. Louis
    • Accomplished in Regional Collaborations
    • Previous Involvement in SEMO-specific Initiatives
    • Project Manager is a St. Francois County resident
    • Hired in December, 2010 by Counties
  • Scope of Work:
    • Create and support local Watershed Groups
    • Facilitate meaningful/thoughtful communications
    • Create Master Plan
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Big River Master Planning Process

How did we get here?

  • URS met with Officials from each County
  • URS met with each agency – multiple programs
  • URS worked with each County to secure local leadership/participation for Watershed Groups
  • URS created a draft Master Plan Outline
  • Local Group Leaders provided for Watershed Group meeting logistics, outreach and facilitation (tonight)
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Big River Master Planning Process

What are we going to do?

  • Create a communications network for the group
    • You don’t have to be present at meetings to be informed or provide input – Subcommittees may also be contemplated
  • Review Master Plan Outline (tonight)
  • Populate, refine and complete the Master Plan
  • Continuously share input/insights with
    • Local citizenry, advocacy organizations, industry associations
    • Elective officials
    • Agency representatives & officials
    • Media
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Big River Master Planning Process

Draft Master Plan Outline

  • Executive Summary
  • Watershed Planning – General Issues
  • Big River Watershed Issues – regulatory, statutory & legal status
  • Big River Watershed – Defined
  • Stakeholder Objectives
  • Institutional Participation
  • Information/Data Summary
  • Information/Data Gap Summary (fluid)
  • Master Planning Process Defined/Memorialized
  • Assimilation of Plans
  • Plan & Implementation Schedules
  • Monitoring/Oversight Summaries, Follow-up, Etc.
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4. Big River Watershed - Defined
  • Big River & its Tributaries
    • Physical attributes
    • Historical, current and anticipated future use
    • Known & suspected deterioration
  • Watershed Characterization
    • Legacy of Mining
      • Known challenges
      • Unknown challenges – material carried off site
    • Other Land Use Issues - downstream
      • Impacts yet to be determined
        • 319 Program Assistance
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4. Big River Watershed – Defined (Cont’d)
  • Jurisdictions
      • Counties
      • Communities

Legislative & Congressional Districts

Local, state and federal agencies

      • Soil & Water Conservation Districts
      • Waste Water Treatment/Utility Districts
      • Etc.
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4. Big River Watershed – Defined (Cont’d)
  • Stakeholders & Partners
    • Inhabitants (citizens) of the watershed
    • County residents
    • Transient users of the watershed (tourists, sportsman, etc.)
    • Environmental & Conservation Advocates
    • Public Health Advocates
    • Economic Interests
      • Community/Region Economic Development Organizations
      • Business Associations and individual commercial operators
      • Agricultural Associations and farmers
      • Labor Unions/collaboratives
    • Jurisdictional Interests
    • Other…..
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5. Stakeholder Objectives, Perspectives, Etc.?
  • Healthy river/tributary/watershed eco-system
    • Mitigate known threat to populations in Big & Meramec Rivers (Mussels, etc.)
  • Healthy human population
    • Mitigate threats to citizens from heavy metal concentrations in materials in-stream as well as materials removed from the watershed (soil/gravel/etc.).
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5. Stakeholder Objectives, Perspectives, Etc.? (Cont’d)
  • Healthy regional community/economy
    • Increased utility of water resources for recreation
    • Maximum benefit from plan implementation (planned construction)
      • Local contractors & labor used on construction projects
      • Leverage planned construction to support new infrastructure and/or amenities in/about watershed
    • Commercial Exploitation of Floodplain
  • Satisfaction of all known regulatory requirements
  • Creation of new and/or necessary statutory/regulatory controls in support of the Watershed
contact information
Contact Information

Mike Alesandrini

Senior Consultant

URS Corporation

mike_alesandrini@urscorp.com*

314-753-2416

*Underscore between mike_alesandrini, above

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