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AmerenUE Reminds Dock Builders That They Must Become Certified By
AmerenUE has sent letters to dock builders at Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks, reminding them that they must become certified by to participate in the new Certified Dock Builder Program. After that date, dock builders who have not become certified will not be permitted to construct, repair or modify docks or breakwaters, or replace dock flotation material, on the lake.

"The new Certified Dock Builder Program is aimed at reducing the amount of man- made debris that gets into the lake by ensuring that docks and other structures on the shoreline meet established quality standards for construction and flotation," says Jeff Green AmerenUE shoreline management field coordinator. "This program is the result of several years' work by a task force made up of dock builders, interested citizens and AmerenUE representatives. Combined with AmerenUE's scheduled ban on nonencapsulated foam flotation material by December 2008, the result should be a cleaner lake for all to enjoy."

To become certified, dock builders must submit an application form and supporting documents indicating that they will follow the approved construction standards and properly dispose of debris. They must also submit proof of insurance and pay a $300 certification fee. The final requirement is the completion of one engineering inspection of work done by the builder or individual.

AmerenUE began the Certified Dock Builder Program on Jan. 1, 2004, but provided a five-month period\-until \-for dock builders to meet the certification requirements. After , construction of docks and breakwaters at the Lake of the Ozarks by anyone who is not certified can result in fines and potential legal action.

Dock builders and individuals who have questions about the Certified Dock Builder Program may call 573-365-9214.

AmerenUE is responsible for regulating docks, seawalls and other structures on the lake under terms of its federal license for the operation of Bagnell Dam and the Osage Power Plant, which created the lake in 1931.

The company is a subsidiary of St. Louis-based Ameren Corporation. Ameren serves 1.7 million electric customers and 500,000 natural gas customers in a 49,000-square-mile area of Missouri and Illinois.

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