Poorly functioning on-site wastewater systems are perceived as a major contributor of nonpoint source pollution to Ozarks streams. Shallow soils, karst features, and lack of maintenance are often cited as reasons these systems fail in this region leading to ground and surface water contamination. Due to the importance of tourism to the local economy, many communities are concerned with protecting their water resources. Bennett Spring State Park is a major economic generator for Dallas and Laclede counties, and local community leaders are concerned about how on-site wastewater systems impact the water quality of Bennett Spring.
Owen, Marc R. and Pavlowsky, Robert T., "Final Report for the Water Quality Monitoring and Analysis of the Bennett Spring Watershed and Recharge Area" (2008). OEWRI Technical Reports. 8.