Protecting Your Environment

St. Charles County Government works diligently to make policies, provide information, and offer programs that will ensure our environment remains protected and safe, now and in the future. But we can’t rely on policies and programs alone. It takes all of us, working together and making a concerted effort, to preserve our valuable resources. 

How You Can Help

  1. Fight Stormwater Pollution
  2. Pick Up Pet Waste
  3. Recycle!

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Fight Stormwater Pollution

Stormwater runoff is rain or snowmelt that flows over the ground, picking up chemicals, dirt, debris and other pollutants along the way and carrying them into storm drains. From there, this untreated water goes into our creeks and lakes. These are bodies of water where we swim and fish and that we use as a source for drinking water!

There are simple things you can do to prevent this pollution—and what each person does makes a difference!

How St. Charles County Government Helps

Constructing Blueways

Located at the junction of Dardenne Creek and the Mississippi River is one of St. Charles County’s newest parks – Riverside Landing. The park currently is closed for the construction of a variety of new and exciting amenities, including the first “blueway” for the county that will provide new opportunities for canoeing and kayaking.

Called the Dardenne Creek Blueway, this water trail will connect nearly six miles of water from the City of St. Peters’ Lakeside 370 Park to Riverside Landing. St. Charles County Parks staff began planning for this waterway when the park was purchased in 2018, however, pollution – debris from trees and man-made trash – impeded the connection and flow between the creek and the river. Staff cleaned up the connection, and will be creating a habitat to protect wildlife, planting vegetation along the banks of the creek to filter water, developing a long-term maintenance plan, and applying for grant funding to further maintain the blueway. The canoe/kayak landing and launch areas already are under construction at both Riverside Landing and Lakeside 370.

The Dardenne Creek Blueway is just the beginning! The Parks Department is developing plans for a similar connection between Indian Camp Creek and Flatwoods parks through the Big Creek and Cuivre River.

Developing Parks, Amenities and Programs

St. Charles County Parks preserve land for future generations. The Parks Department is often gifted or purchases land to make certain St. Charles County has plenty of green space as the county grows. Presently, there are xx of acres in reserve, meaning this land will be developed for future parks.

The St. Charles County Parks Department has programs in place to protect our environment. At numerous parks there are prairies in progress to restore native plants like switchgrass, big bluestem, Indian grass and coneflower. These restoration projects help treat stormwater pollution and further improve downstream bodies of water.

Here are other ways our parks nurture and protect the environment and educate the community:

Improving and Maintaining Stormwater Quality

Under the authority of the Federal Clean Water Act and Water Pollution Control Act, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) has regulatory authority to require local government entities, like St. Charles County, to improve or maintain storm water quality within their boundaries. To accomplish this, the MDNR issues a permit to the County known as the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit. Learn more about this permit and process and provide feedback.

Offering Online Services

From tax payments to applying for jobs to viewing animals available for adoption, did you know you can save gas and paper by accessing many County government services from the comfort of your home? A comprehensive list is available online.