This year, spring weather and water levels at the Lake of the Ozarks were nearly perfect for approximately 60 volunteer groups that participated in the 23rd Annual Adopt-the-Shoreline Cleanup. The 488 volunteers who supported the groups cleaned more than 475 miles of shoreline and removed 641 cubic yards of trash and debris weighing more than 25 tons.
“The weather reminded us why it’s so much fun to be on the Lake during a spring cleanup. Mother Nature provided sunny skies and great temperatures, which made for an enjoyable time,” said Bryan Vance, coordinator of Adopt-the-Shoreline. “Often during cleanup activities, weather conditions present a significant challenge to our volunteers. This year, we were fortunate.”
Adopt-the-Shoreline is sponsored by Ameren Missouri, which provides administrative support, supplies trash bags, and pays for disposal of debris and trash. The program is part of Ameren Missouri's continuing commitment as a responsible steward of the Lake and environment. Cleanups are performed entirely by volunteers, who canvass 12 geographic zones along the Lake.
Ameren Missouri paid more than $9,000 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.
Adopt-the-Shoreline began in 1994 with nine civic clubs adopting 89 miles of shoreline. Today, it includes more than 90 businesses, organizations and individual property owners, who have adopted more than 700 miles of shoreline between Bagnell Dam and Truman Dam.
Ameren Missouri has been providing electric and gas service for more than 100 years, and the company's electric rates are among the lowest in the nation. Ameren Missouri's mission is to power the quality of life for its 1.2 million electric and 127,000 natural gas customers in central and eastern Missouri. The company's service area covers 64 counties and more than 500 communities including the greater St. Louis area. For more information please visit AmerenMissouri.com or follow Ameren Missouri on Facebook or Twitter.