Improved water quality meansTable Rock Lake will soon be removed from the EPA’s list of impaired waters for phosphorous. Gopala Borchelt of Table Rock Lake Water Quality-Incorporated says cleanup efforts began after major fish kills in 1998 and ’99. In 2001, Springfield removed phosphorous at its Southwest Wastewater Treatment Plant, which discharges into the James River, a major tributary of Table Rock Lake. Borchelt says Table Rock Lake Water Quality then focused on the existing wastewater systems installed at homes around the lake, and obtained EPA funding to help private homeowners obtain income-based grants and loans to replace those inadequate systems…
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Borchelt says the fund is revolving, so loan repayments are returned to continue providing money for others who need financial help to replace inadequate septic systems. To find out about grants and loans for wastewater system replacement, call 417-739-5001, or click on the link with this story at HometownDailynews.com.
Pending final approval, the EPA’s list of impaired waters for phosphorous will no longer include Table Rock Lake. Gopala Borchelt of Table Rock Lake Water Quality-Incorporated says although arms of the lake may still be listed for nutrients such as nitrogen, significant water quality improvements have been made over the past decade, and after major fish kills in 1998 and ’99, removal from the list is a big step…
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Borchelt says the big push for better quality water in Table Rock Lake began in 2001, when Springfield removed phosphorous from its Southwest Wastewater Treatment Plant. The plant discharges into the James River, a major Table Rock Lake tributary. Efforts then turned to the inadequate wastewater systems installed by homeowners around the lake. Federal funding from the EPA provides income-based loans and grants to replace those systems, with loan repayments going back into the fund for those who need assistance in the future. For more information on funding to help with wastewater system replacement, call 417-739-5001, or click on the link with this story at HometownDailyNews.com