Missouri Water Science Center
Joseph M. Richards, Hydrologist, Project Chief
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the City of Columbia, Missouri, have initiated a project that is anticipated to be a milestone in the treatment of municipal sewage. As expansion of the Columbia wastewater treatment facility became necessary, constructed treatment wetlands were chosen instead of expanding the existing activated sludge facilities. The significance of the project is that the MDC agreed to accept the treated effluent from the Columbia wetlands (52K image) as a water source for managing up to 1,200 wetland acres on the MDC's 4,100-acre Eagle Bluffs Wildlife Area (64K image), a restored riverine wetland along the Missouri River.
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The Columbia/Eagle Bluffs Wetland Monitoring Project is jointly funded through cooperative agreements among the Missouri Department of Conservation, the City of Columbia, Missouri, and the U.S. Geological Survey. The study is integrated with other studies operating at the Columbia/Eagle Bluffs Wetland Complex.
Joseph M. Richards, Hydrologist
U.S. Geological Survey
1400 Independence Rd, Mail Stop 100
Rolla, MO 65401