Angel Kruzen Ozark Chapter
213 E. 3rd St.
Mountain View, MO 65548
(417) 934-2818 (also fax) firstname.lastname@example.org
Region's streams fouled by sprawl, industry
the Missouri Water Sentinels crew found dangerous levels of fecal
bacteria and raw human feces in St. Louis' River Des Peres after
heavy rains, they asked state officials to post warning signs along
the stream to alert the public. After all, children could frequently
be seen playing in the waterway. The state refused. So the Sentinels
posted their own warnings. The St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District
finally owned up to the pollution, and signs have since been posted.
A long-range clean-up plan has been released as well.
It's all in a day's work for the Sentinels, most of whom are volunteers.
Sprawl and development, industrial pollution, sewer overflows and
other factors have severely degraded watersheds within Kansas City
and St. Louis. The Missouri Water Sentinels project primarily focuses
on seven urban watersheds within Kansas City and St. Louis. In addition
to monitoring water quality, the project is working administratively
to add all seven streams to the State of Missouri's "Impaired
Water List." Such a designation would trigger the creation
and implementation of a cleanup plan for each stream, as required
by the federal Clean Water Act.
A secondary focus of the Missouri Sentinels project supports the
successful ongoing monitoring of the state's largest massive, industrial
The project works closely with Missouri's Stream Team Program -
one of the nation's premiere volunteer water-quality monitoring
organizations - and has forged alliances with local Stream Teams,
area high schools and churches.
There are lots of ways to help Missouri Sentinels!
Every stream that runs where humans live needs someone who
cares. Sometimes the stream cleaning up. There is nothing
like removing a piece of trash and finding a beautiful wildflower.
Can you really make a difference? Yes, you can! Remember:
silence gives consent to litter, and pollution. There
are so many ways you can help the Missouri Water Sentinels.
To find out how, contact Angel
Photo: Children playing in the St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District disposal system, formerly known as River des Peres. Photo by Scott Dye.