Working Toward a Cleaner Lake

9 years 8 months 1 week ago March 29, 2007 Mar 29, 2007 Thursday, March 29 2007 Thursday, March 29, 2007 6:41:36 PM CDT in News

The group doesn't have a name yet, but it does have encouragement from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

"In some ways, the lake is still relatively healthy, but there are signs," said Chris Hall of the Camden County Planning and Zoning Commission. "And of course, with the amount of development going on, with the amount of usage on the lake, it's probably not going to be able to stay even as healthy as it is now."

Without the group's efforts, a local fisherman said problems will get out of hand.

"This community is growing every day and nobody is doing anything to help fix it," said Osage Beach resident Scott Melton, "and if they don't, yeah, it's going to get a lot worse."

Hall said creating a unified group is hard because the Lake of the Ozarks covers parts of several counties. He said the group hopes to use the James River Basin Partnership as a model.

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