The Mark Twain Regional Council of Governments, in collaboration with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, will host two public meetings in the North Fork Salt River watershed.

The Mark Twain Regional Council of Governments, in collaboration with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, will host two public meetings in the North Fork Salt River watershed. These meetings are initial outreach efforts to gather public and stakeholder input and to share information known about this watershed. The meetings are open to residents, landowners, local officials and the general public. Anyone with interest in the North Fork Salt River watershed is encouraged to attend.

 

This effort is not about regulation, enacted or proposed. It is about sharing information with the goal of developing the understandings and relationships necessary for the creation of a Watershed Advisory Committee and Healthy Watershed Plan for the North Fork Salt River Watershed.

 

Two meetings are scheduled due to the geographic size of the watershed. They will follow the same format and have the same content. The meetings are scheduled as follows:

 

• Monday, Oct. 19, 1:30 p.m., Missouri Department of Conservation, Northeast Regional Office, 3500 South Baltimore, Kirksville.

• Tuesday, Oct. 20, 1:30 p.m., American Legion Hall, 520 E. Maple St., Shelbina

 

Information will be presented by the University of Missouri Extension service regarding the North Fork Salt River Watershed, watersheds in general and healthy watershed planning. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to ask questions and will be asked for input regarding issues, projects and priorities.

 

A watershed is an area of land defined by ridges, from which water flows into a particular water body. In this case, it is the Salt River. The North Fork Salt River Watershed includes portions of Monroe, Shelby, Macon, Knox, Adair and Schuyler counties. The watershed serves as source water for the Clarence Cannon Wholesale Water Commission, which provides drinking water to over 70,000 people in northeast Missouri.

 

For information, the public may contact Alan Winders at the Mark Twain Regional Council of Governments at 573-565-2203 or Mary Culler at the Missouri Department of Natural Resources at 660-385-8000.