Residents Look to Educate Tourists
As residents of a tourist destination, those living in Lake of the Ozarks are asking what should be done when buildings spring up, along with pollution.
The beautiful water, log cabins, and popular outlet malls attract tourists from all over the midwest to the Lake of the Ozarks. But, pollution from building developments has become a health hazard to residents. Caroline Toole said the lake is her home town and she wants to preserve its beauty.
"So it's really important to me that we try and manage the growth that is going to be happening at the lake and we try to increase people's awareness of how their everyday activities affect the quality of the lake," Toole explained.
The Lake of the Ozarks Watershed Alliance is reaching out to lake residents to talk about lake preservation. Committee members met with some Lake of the Ozarks residents Monday evening to discuss things they can do to keep the lake as clean and as beautiful as possible. Alliance members said they're teaming up with local restaurants to promote water preservation to tourists.
"Working with the tourists is gonna be a tremendous amount of fun. We're gonna have educational programs and water events and you know just the approach that maybe we should think twice before we throw something in the water," said Ozark Watershed Alliance Pro-Tem Donna Swall.
The lake residents embrace tourism and are looking forward to including visitors in the fight to preserve the lake.