Missouri Department of Natural Resources urges caution with lawn chemicals

Monday, June 28, 2010 | 10:31 a.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — State environmental officials are urging Missourians to be careful about the chemicals used on their lawns and crops because of flooding across the state.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources says more rainfall means fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides can wash into the local watershed. Environmental officials say the chemicals should not be used when rain is in the forecast.

State officials also are warning against swimming or wading in flooded water. That's because the water can be have human or animal waste and other contaminants.

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