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Angel Kruzen
Angel Kruzen
Ozark Chapter
213 E. 3rd St.
Mountain View, MO 65548
(417) 934-2818 (also fax)

Sierra Club EPEC Program

Region's streams fouled by sprawl, industry

Kids in River Des PerceWhen 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 hog factory.

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.

  • In a nutshell
  • Accomplishments
  • Failure to enforce the law
  • Clean Water Act's 30th anniversary
  • Sierra Club in Missouri

  • Scenic River Stream Team Association

  • 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 Kruzen.

    Photo: Children playing in the St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District disposal system, formerly known as River des Peres. Photo by Scott Dye.

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