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Adopt-the-Shoreline Cleanup Under Way
Thirty Volunteer Groups Participating in 24th Annual Lake of the Ozarks Shoreline Beautification Program

About 30 Adopt-the-Shoreline groups have registered so far to participate in the 2015 Lake of the Ozarks Spring Shoreline Cleanup that is now under way. The cleanup is scheduled to run through April 13.

Adopt-the-Shoreline Coordinator Bryan Vance expects between 60 and 70 adopting groups to take part in the cleanup. Last year, 60 groups participated. Vance encourages all members of the public to join in the cleanup effort, which began March 14. Since the cleanup's inception more than 20 years ago, volunteers have removed an estimated 5.5 million pounds of trash and debris from along the Lake of the Ozarks shoreline. Ameren Missouri sponsors the cleanup, providing administrative support as well as trash bags and paying for disposal of debris and trash.

“Members and volunteers clean more than 500 miles of Lake shoreline each spring,” Vance said. “Their work makes a huge difference to the Lake environment."

Vance offers the following guidelines to shoreline cleanup volunteers:

  • Remove only man-made debris collected on the shoreline.
  • Natural debris such as brush, leaves or trees will not be accepted for disposal.
  • Household trash will not be removed. Only shoreline trash will be accepted.
  • Stack all trash requiring pickup in a location easily reached by boat.
  • For removal of the trash collected from the shoreline, notify the area's Zone Coordinator or call 573.365.9252.
  • Remember that volunteers clean an area only once, and some areas are not cleaned at all. Help out early, and be sure to notify the local Zone Coordinator in advance if items require pickup.


The cleanup program is part of Ameren Missouri's continuing commitment to serving as a responsible steward of the Lake and its surrounding environment. Cleanups are performed entirely by volunteers, who clean within 12 geographic zones along the Lake.

To participate in the cleanup or join Adopt-the-Shoreline, call any of the Zone Coordinators at the numbers listed below or the Adopt-the-Shoreline office at 573.365.9252.


Zone 1           

Bagnell Dam to 9 mile marker

Phil Thompson

Alan Sullivan  



Zone 2           

Gravois Arm 

Johnie Ray

Jay Polchow



Zone 3  9-16 mile marker Bruce Thomson


Zone 4     16-22 mile marker Bryan Vance


Zone 5           

Glaize Arm

Rick King


Zone 6

22-31 mile marker

Ron Witt


Zone 7           

31-39 mile marker

Terry Cleary


Zone 8           

39-60 mile marker

(Highway 5 side)


Barry Campbell


Zone 9

39-60 mile marker

(Highway 7 side)


Jan Shireman


Zone 10

Niangua Arm

Bruce Mitchell


Zone 11

60-77 mile marker

Bryan Vance  


Zone 12

77 mile marker to Truman Dam

Amber Pennington




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