Experts and Officials Discuss Water Quality

7 years 9 months 5 days ago Tuesday, August 17 2010 Aug 17, 2010 Tuesday, August 17, 2010 6:21:26 PM CDT August 17, 2010 in News
LAKE OF THE OZARKS - With some beaches facing closure from high E-coli levels, government officials and experts met today to figure out a solution.

More than 150 people gathered at Attorney General Chris Koster's symposium that runs August 17th-18th. Officials say they hope the conference will pave the way to improving water quality and decreasing e-coli levels now and for the next 20 years.

Governor Jay Nixon began the event today with a speech to the attendees, followed by Koster's address, and then panels of experts discussed problems.

In addition to talking about water quality, pollution risks, and regulations, experts and officials presented solutions to the fix the problem.

One of the solutions would be building a regional sewer system. The system would reduce sewage problems and seepage into the lake.

The Department of Natural Resources' Deputy Director Bill Bryan said the sewer system would be effective, but tough to build.

"It's not going to be easy," said Bryan. "It's going to be challenging but there are lots of smart engineers out there who can figure out those challenges. It's going to be costly, but it's a beautiful place and we need to keep it that way."

Osage Mayor Penny Lyons said the sewer system could increase water and sewer bills three times the normal amount. She predicted that bills would be more than $100 per month just for water and sewer.

For some, that's a problem.

"It would be very detrimental to me for my bill to go up three times," said Nancy Job, a Lake of the Ozarks resident. "I'm retired and I might have to move somewhere else if it gets very exorbitant."

However, she said she's confident the DNR will solve the water quality problem and said she hopes for a cheaper solution.



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