Due to the high level of public interest concerning the Recreational Use Attainability Analyses, or UAAs, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has extended the deadline for submitting comments to Aug. 31 and is hosting several meetings across the state to discuss the recommendations.
One of the meetings will be held in Springfield on Aug. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the department's Southwest Regional Office located at 2040 W. Woodland.
The information DNR receives from interested citizens will help the department determine whether or not a stream can or does support swimming or other recreational activities. This use designation will affect the water quality standards that apply to the waters.
All Missouri waters are designated for swimming and other recreational uses unless information shows those activities are not possible. For example, many streams are too shallow to allow for swimming during most of the year.
To make the determination whether or not a stream can or does support a recreational use, a UAA is conducted for the stream. To learn more about the information requested by the department and the procedure for conducting a UAA, visit www.dnr.mo.gov/env/wpp/wqstandards/uaa/i....
For more information about the designation process or the department's Water Protection Program, visit www.dnr.mo.gov/env/wpp/index.html or call 573-751-1300 or 800-361-4827.