Approval of a permit for a facility near Lick Branch Cove on the north shore clears the way for construction to begin on the first phase of the Rocky Mount Sewer District's first centralized wastewater treatment plant.
Construction is expected to get underway immediately in order to allow the district to meet guidelines for funding. The facility will be located on Red Arrow Road in Morgan County.
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources notified the district of the approval on June 13.
The Rocky Mount Sewer District project is funded by $3 million in grants and a $1 million loan, which will go away if construction does not start by June 30.
The sewer board purchased land along Red Arrow Road 3,800 feet south of Route Y in Rocky Mount at a cost of $12,480. The extended-aeration facility proposed at that location will release effluent into a creek that would drain into Lick Branch Cove on the north shore of the Lake of the Ozarks.
An anti-degradation report was completed in March. At that time, DNR released their finding of no significant impact.
According to the report, the project will have a positive impact on water quality and will not result in any significant adverse impacts on rare or endangered species, flood plains, wetlands, recreational areas, cultural/archaeological sites, or air quality.
The Red Arrow location is the second proposed location for the facility; the original plan for phase one of a six-phase plan called for the facility near Blue Spring Creek behind the Dollar General store in Rocky Mount. The board scrapped that plan after landowners along the creek — none of whom the district would serve — protested the facility location.
Blue Spring Creek landowners voiced concerns over the ecological effects of a wastewater treatment facility at the creek. Residents along Lick Branch Cove voiced similar concerns this spring when the district announced the site. Lick Branch Cove is located near the 3.5-mile marker by water.