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Map of Impaired Surface Water In Missouri

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I’ve been blogging on findings from the Missouri Water Quality Report (Section 305(b) Report), 2012, published by the Water Quality Program of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. In previous posts, I reported on the amount of impaired surface water in Missouri, and on its principal contaminants.

Source: Geographical Information System, Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Source: Geographical Information System, Missouri Department of Natural Resources

I thought it might be useful to share a map. It shows major Missouri streams and lakes in blue. Impaired streams and lakes are outlined in red.

Some comment is needed. In my post on the amount of impaired surface water in Missouri, I noted that the report listed about 36% of Missouri’s stream miles as impaired, and about 23% of Missouri’s lake acres. The map seems to disagree, especially with regard to streams. A much higher percentage of streams look impaired on the map.

I don’t really know the reason. Some possible explanations spring to mind. First, the data in the report was last updated in 2010, while the data in the map reflects the 2012 list of impaired water. Second, many smaller streams are not shown on the map, and they may be less impaired than the major streams and rivers. Third, it is possible that the inconsistency is an artifact of the mapping process. None of the explanations seems convincing, however. I’m going to have to leave the inconsistency unexplained.

Source:

I created the map using the geographic information system of the DNR. http://dnr.mo.gov/internetmapviewer/quit.map. I made the following selections:

Map Content – Choose Your Own Layers
Category – Boundary
—–Layers – County Boundaries
Category – Water
—–Layers – Impaired Lakes 2012 303(d), Impaired Streams 2012 303(d), Major Lakes, Major Rivers, Mississippi River, Missouri River.

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