The major goal of the project is to protect and improve the quality of water entering
the River Des Peres by identifying and implementing systems to prevent non point
source contaminants throughout the watershed from entering the receiving tributaries.
This will be accomplished through specific objectives as follows:
1. To reduce the pollutant load to the river by educating 40,000 residents, 500
businesses and 300 city employees about preventive measures that can reduce or
prevent NPS pollutants that they can control from reaching the river.
2. Exhibits will rotate through local places of interest and public facilities such as
the public library, University City Loop, Olive Business District, the Green Center,
City Hall, University City Recreation Center and local schools. This will consist of a
freestanding display that will have photos, articles, and descriptions of what
individuals can do to clean up the River Des Peres. The information on these boards
will be updated quarterly and include progress of the project.
3. As part of the education process the City will provide demonstration tools and
training aids for residents, students, businesses, the general public and interested
parties, other municipalities, engineers, landscapers and developers about
preventing, controlling and/or abating non point source water pollution.
4. Presentations to community groups that would be interested in the project.
5. A dedicated web page with links to other partners that describes the overall goals
of the project, and the project progress will be established on the city's web site.
6. Develop and install signs to advertise and educate the public about the project.
7. To provide a test site to evaluate various bioremediation techniques that can be
used to improve water quality, and to determine which techniques work best so they
can be used throughout the watershed. Bioremediation, bio-swales, detention ponds,
grass filters and stream bank stabilization practices are some of the practices that
may be implemented. Assessments will be conducted before and after installation to
evaluate effectiveness along with photos and site reports.
8. To implement a demonstration project with up to three residential properties within
the project area that shows homeowners how to reduce storm water runoff that
contributes to erosion and sedimentation.
9. To identify which and where NPS contaminants are entering the River Des Peres
through testing and monitoring at least 4 segments of the river over the four year
project period which can be used for before and after comparison of impacts of the
project on water quality.
10. To provide planning, design, operation and maintenance narratives on efficacy of
BMP practices and/or BMP systems, construction plans, and monitoring that is
completed in the watershed for practices that do not have established standards
11. Implement and test selected best management practices (BMPs) to help restore
and maintain some of the watershed's original characteristics and prevent future
degradation of habitat and water quality.
12. To use the Ecosystem Management Plan for Ruth Park Woods as a guide to
determine site location and which BMPs will be best for implementation.
Pilot Water Quality ProgramThe Pilot Water Quality Program allowed participates to easily maintain and control