As the final step in addressing the issue of dwelling encroachments at the Lake of the Ozarks, Ameren Missouri has recommended the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) allow 215 non-conforming structures to remain within the project boundary.
Ameren Missouri’s recommendation comes one year after FERC’s June 2012 order to comprehensively revise the project boundary at the Lake to 662 feet and below for certain structures. The order included a provision that required Ameren Missouri to inventory and recommend a plan for all remaining non-conforming decks, patios, gazebos and similar structures. For the past year, Ameren Missouri has inventoried the structures, worked with property owners and agencies and recommended a positive closure plan to FERC.
“Our main goal during this process has been to work with property owners to successfully resolve issues related to the location of non-conforming structures within the project boundary,” said Jeff Green, supervisor of Shoreline Management, Ameren Missouri. “We’re pleased to take this final step with the Lake community and recommend that all pre-existing decks, patios, gazebos and similar structures be allowed to remain on project lands. We have determined they have no impact on project purposes or Ameren Missouri’s ability to safely manage the Lake.”
In making the recommendation, Green said Ameren Missouri is committed to being a good steward of the Lake and has no reason to believe the structures will adversely affect the shoreline environment.
Ameren Missouri reminds lakefront owners that under the new FERC approved Shoreline Management Plan, new decks, patios and gazebos are not allowed on project lands below the 662-foot elevation. It is very important for property owners to know the location of the 662-foot elevation prior to planning a lakefront construction project.
Background: FERC has regulatory authority over specific hydroelectric projects, including Ameren Missouri's Osage Project in central Missouri. By law, FERC is charged with balancing power generation and non-power generation values when issuing hydropower licenses. FERC accomplishes this balance by giving “equal consideration” to the wide range of public benefits provided by hydroelectric projects.
Ameren Missouri has been providing electric and gas service for more than a century, and our electric rates are among the lowest in the nation. We serve 1.2 million electric and 127,000 natural gas customers in central and eastern Missouri. Our mission is to meet their energy needs in a safe, reliable, efficient and environmentally responsible manner. Our service area covers 63 counties and more than 500 towns, including the greater St. Louis area. For more information, visit AmerenMissouri.com.