At least four Lake Area bodies of water are among the 470, statewide, identified as “impaired” in a report released by the Department of Natural Resources. Three of the four fall, at least, partially in Morgan County: They include: Flat Creek with the main issue being mercury in fish tissue; the Lamine River with the main issue being e-coli and the Straight Fork with the main issue being dissolved oxygen reportedly caused by the wastewater treatment plant in Versailles. Also identified in the DNR’s report is the Little Niangua River in Camden and Dallas counties with the issue being dissolved oxygen…the source being unknown according to the report. The DNR is required by the federal Clean Water Act to report to the EPA on the status of state waters by April 1st of every even-numbered year. A public comment period on the “impaired bodies of water” list is set for April 24th through July 23rd. Public meetings on the issue are set for May 10 and May 24 in Jefferson City with a public hearing to be held on July 16th at the Clean Water Commission meeting.