A record 74 Adopt-the-Shoreline member groups participated in the 2012 Spring Shoreline Beautification Cleanup at Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks. They cleaned a record 575 miles of shoreline. The 626 volunteers also removed 1,037 cubic yards of trash and debris – weighing 48 tons.
Many other individuals and businesses provided support for this year’s cleanup, which ran from March through May.
“During each cleanup, we were able to put more adopting groups on the water. They were able to clean more shoreline miles than any previous cleanup,” said Ameren Missouri’s Bryan Vance, who coordinates the annual event. “We cleaned the most miles ever, but removed the lightest volume of trash in the history of the program. Many would not consider that a record, but in my book it shows just how clean the Lake is now.”
Ameren Missouri, which sponsors the Adopt-the-Shoreline program, paid more than $15,000 to dispose of the trash and debris collected. In addition, numerous local organizations and individuals donated boats and other equipment the volunteers needed to make the event successful.
Vance said additional records that were broken this spring include the most miles of shoreline cleaned in a single day and the most man hours in a single zone.
“We had a 10-group partnership that was responsible for cleaning a record 74 miles of shoreline in a single day, and we had a six-group effort in the Gravois that invested more than 250 man-hours into cleaning their zone,” he said. “That is the kind of collaboration and commitment that makes being part of this program so much fun. We cannot thank our adopting groups and other participants enough for their continued support for Adopt-the-Shoreline throughout its 21-year history.”
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