LMVP Data in Action
Environmental Protection Agency Uses LMVP Data
Lakes of Missouri Volunteer Program data, which have been benefiting Missouri since 1992, are now contributing to water quality improvements on a larger regional scale. As reported in a previous issue of The Water Line, individual states are working toward developing criteria that will identify lakes with excess phosphorus and nitrogen. The U.S. EPA is assisting states by developing guidelines for criteria development. The guidelines to assist U.S. EPA Region 7 states ( Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska) are being established by a Technical Work Group made up of resource professionals from the region. The first task of the Work Group was to gather lake water quality data, and information about Missouri’s lakes was represented by LMVP data. This use and acceptance is evidence of the high quality of data generated through the LMVP. Volunteers should be proud that their efforts are helping not only Missouri, but the entire Midwest in managing lake water quality issues.
Presentation to James River Basin Partnership reaches wide Audience
Water quality improvements documented with the help of volunteers on Table Rock Lake recently made headlines around the state. The findings were presented at a lunchtime meeting of the James River Basin Partnership, held at Uncle Buck’s Auditorium in Springfield’s Bass Pro Shop. Instead of witnessing a scuba diver feed giant bass, the usual lunchtime entertainment at Uncle Buck’s, the 70 attendees watched a presentation documenting improvements in the James River Arm of Table Rock Lake (see the Fall 2004 issue of the Water Line for details). Along with the presentation, LMVP staff gave interviews to three local television stations and a local newspaper. The story went out on the AP wire where it was picked up by media in St. Louis and Kansas City. Surprisingly, the news of water quality improvements in Table Rock Lake was included in the USA TODAY’S Across the USA section of the paper on September 6th.
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