Special to GUIDON
Fort Leonard Wood is home to two major water bodies, Roubidoux Creek and the Big Piney River.
These water bodies are invaluable resources that provide drinking water, habitats for aquatic life and opportunities for recreational activities, such as fishing and floating.
Fort Leonard Wood is dedicated to protecting our rivers and streams, ensuring they remain clean and useable for many years to come.
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources issues stormwater permits to help ensure these waterways are protected. The stormwater permits regulate stormwater discharges and possible pollutants that may enter the installation’s storm drains and ultimately flow into our rivers and creeks.
You may be asking yourself, “Why is stormwater such a big deal, it’s only rain?” You would be correct; however, stormwater can also carry pollutants from roads, gas stations, personal residences and yards to these waterways.
Examples of these contaminants can include, but are not limited to: domestic animal waste, yard waste (leaves, grass trimmings), household materials not properly disposed of, hazardous chemicals and dirt and detergent residue from washing vehicles.
There are many things that we can do to protect our waterbodies. They include picking up after your pets, washing vehicles at commercial car washes or in grassy areas, not littering and properly disposing of household hazardous materials.
It is essential that we all we work together to keep Fort Leonard Wood’s water clean. Remember, “Only Rain in the Drain.” For more information, contact the Directorate of Public Works, Environmental Division at 573.596.0882.
(Editor’s note: This article was submitted by DPW, Environmental Division.)