The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded a $10,000 grant to the Lake of the Ozarks Watershed Alliance for a Morgan County septic maintenance and nonpoint source education project.


The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded a $10,000 grant to the Lake of the Ozarks Watershed Alliance for a Morgan County septic maintenance and nonpoint source education project.
LOWA will work with residents in Morgan County through demonstrations and workshops to educate the community about the importance of nonpoint source issues. 
These workshops will largely focus on septic tank maintenance, system design and operation. The project will conduct four demonstrations of septic operation and maintenance and provide a $35 cost share toward the goal of pumping 85 residential septic tanks.
LOWA is a group of local residents formed to protect and preserve the lake and watershed. LOWA has been offering septic seminars to lake area residents teaching the basics of septic tank care and offering pump-out rebates.
Nonpoint source pollution is untreated pollution that generally cannot be traced back to a single source. Often, nonpoint source pollution is difficult to identify and control and can be traced to multiple sources, both natural and manmade, within a watershed.
Storm water runoff, snowmelt and irrigation can carry pollutants like garden fertilizers, construction debris and pesticides into nearby waters.
LOWA will provide a match contribution of $6,666 over the life of the project, bringing the total cost to $16,666.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 7, through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, has provided partial funding under the Clean Water Act.
The grant will be administered by the department’s Water Protection Program. 
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www.soslowa.org