Thursday, June 17, 2010

Don't swim in these 52 Missouri poop chutes

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click to enlarge Hope -- and poop -- floats.
  • Hope -- and poop -- floats.

This week's feature story

explains why water bodies polluted with high levels of bacteria are unsafe for swimming.

Missouri's Department of Natural Resources lacks the manpower to test as much as 90 percent of the state's waterways for pollutants like E. coli, the nasty buggers that caused such a commotion last summer at the Lake of the Ozarks. The rivers, creeks, streams and lakes that the state has tested and deemed "impaired" wind up on the Final Consolidated 2008 303(d) List (2010's list isn't yet

final).

We've compiled a list of the 52 water bodies on the 2008 list that are too poopy for swimming, according to the DNR. If

you find yourself floating down any of the following waterways this

summer, keep your mouth closed and your open wounds under wraps:

click to enlarge What's messed up: Kiefer Creek in St. Louis isn't even on this list
  • What's messed up: Kiefer Creek in St. Louis isn't even on this list

  • Blue River, Jackson County. Listed as impaired since 2006 due to "Urban, Non-Point Source" (NPS usually refers to runoff from city sources) from the river's mouth to State Line.

  • Bonne Femme Creek, Boone County. Listed since 2006 due to "Urban/Rural NPS" (meaning water from city sources as well as from farmland, and potentially from large-scale animal feeding operations).
  • Capps Creek, Barry County. Listed since 2006 due to "Rural, NPS" (farmland/factory farm runoff as a result of the land-application of animal manure or leaking waste lagoons).
  • Center Creek, Newton/Jasper County. Listed since 2008 due to "Rural, NPS."
  • Chariton River, Macon/Chariton County. Listed since 1998 due to "Rural, NPS" from the river's mouth to State Line.
  • Clear Creek, Barry/Newton County. Listed since 2006. No identified bacteria source.
  • Coldwater Creek, St. Louis County. Listed since 2008 due to "Urban, NPS" from the river's mouth to Highway 67.
  • Creve Coeur Creek, St. Louis County. Listed since 2006 due to "Urban, NPS" from Creve Coeur Lake to one mile south of Highway 340.
  • Des Moines River, Clark County. Listed since 2008 due to "Multiple Point and Non-Point Sources" at the mouth of the river to State Line.
  • Dousinbury Creek, Dallas County. Listed since 2006 due to "Rural, NPS."
  • Dry Branch, Jasper County. Listed since 2008 due to "Rural, NPS."
  • East Fork Grand River, Worth/Gentry County. Listed since 2006 due to "Rural, NPS"
  • East Fork Locust Creek, Sullivan County. Listed since 2008 due to "Rural, Point and Non-Point Sources."
  • East Fork Medicine Creek, Putnam/Grundy County. Listed since 2006 due to "Rural, NPS."
  • Fishpot Creek, St. Louis County. Listed since 2008 due to "Urban, NPS."
  • Fox River, Clark County. Listed since 2008 due to "Rural, NPS," from Spur 136 to State Line.
  • Grand Glaize Creek, St. Louis County. Listed since 2008 for "Urban, NPS."
  • Grand River, Livin/Chariton County. Listed since 2006 due to "Rural, NPS" from the river's mouth to Shoal Creek.
  • Gravois Creek, St. Louis County. Listed since 2006 for "Urban, NPS" from the creek's mouth to Highway 30.
  • Grindstone Creek, Boone County. Listed since 2006 due to an "unknown" source.
  • Hickory Creek, Newton County. Listed since 2006 due to an "unknown" source."
  • Hinkson Creek, Boone County. Listed since 2006 due to unspecified bacteria source.
  • Indian Creek, Jackson County. Listed since 2002 due to "Multiple Point and Non-Point Sources" from the creek's mouth to State Line.
  • Indian Creek, Newton County. Listed since 2006 due to "Rural, NPS."
  • Lake St. Louise, St. Charles County. Listed since 2002 due to "Urban, NPS."
  • Lamine River, Morgan/Cooper County. Listed since 2006 due to an "unknown" source.
  • Little Osage River, Vernon County. Listed since 2008 due to "Rural, NPS."
  • Locust Creek, Putnam/Sullivan County. Listed since 2006 due to "Rural, NPS" from the creek's mouth to State Line.
  • Lost Creek, Newton County. Listed since 2006 due to "Rural, NPS."
  • Middle Fork Grand River, Worth/Gentry County. Listed since 2006 due to "Rural, NPS."
  • Middle Indian Creek, Newton County. Listed since 2008 due to "Rural, NPS."
  • Missouri River, St. Louis/Gasconade County. Listed since 2006 from the river's mouth to Gasconade Rd.
  • Mussel Fork Creek, Sullivan/Macon County. Listed since 2006 for "Rural, NPS."
  • Niangua River, Dallas County. Listed since 2006 due to "Rural, NPS."
  • No Creek, Grundy/Livin County. Listed since 2006 due to "Rural, NPS." Impaired for whole body contact (swimming).
  • North Fork Cuivre River, Pike County. Listed since 2006. No source listed. 
  • North Fork Spring River, Barton/Dade/Jasper County. Listed since 2008 due to "Rural, NPS."
  • North Indian Creek, Newton County. Listed since 2008 due to "Rural, NPS."
  • Pearson Creek, Greene County. Listed since 2006 due to "Multiple Point and Non-Point Sources."
  • Shoal Creek, Newton County. Listed since 2008 due to "Rural, NPS."
  • South Fabius River, Marion/Knox County. Listed since 2006, source not specified.
  • South Grand River, Cass/Henry County. Listed since 2006 due to "Rural, NPS."
  • South Indian Creek, McDonald/Newton County. Listed since 2008 due to "Rural, NPS."
  • Spring River, Lawrence/Jasper County. Listed since 2006 due to "Rural, NPS."
  • St. John's Ditch, Scott/New Madrid County. Listed since 2006 due to "Urban/Rural NPS." Monitored over concerns for aquatic life.
  • Thompson River,

    Harrison County. Listed since 2008 due to "Rural, NPS"

    from the river's mouth to State Line.

  • Turkey Creek, Jasper County. Listed since

    2006 due to "Rural, NPS." Another portion was added to the list in 2008.

  • Warm Fork Spring River, Oregon County. Listed since 2006 due to unknown bacteria sources.
  • Watkins Creek,

    St. Louis County. Listed since 2006 due to "Urban, NPS"

    from the creek's mouth to Highway 270. Impaired for whole body contact

    (swimming) and protection of aquatic life.

  • Weldon River,

    Mercer/Grundy County. Listed since 2006 due to an unspecified bacteria

    source from the river's mouth to State Line.

  • West Fork Medicine Creek, Mercer/Grundy County. Listed since 2006 due to "Rural, NPS."
  • Wilson Creek, Greene County. Listed since 2006 for an unspecified bacteria source.
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