A partnership between the city of Osage Beach, AmerenUE and the  Citizens for Preservation of Lake of the Ozarks  are kicking off a campaign aimed at raising awareness about water quality and the need to take a proactive approach to keeping it “healthy, vibrant and clean.”

Their goal is to bring the community together to preserve the lake’s pristine beauty and water quality for future generations.  

AmerenUE and the city of Osage Beach are  funding the campaign for the committee. The goal is to distribute 100,000 fliers to visitors and residents about how to get involved in protecting and promoting water quality and where to go for information.

Water quality is the single most important issue facing Lake of the Ozarks.  The committee is a unified group of community leaders who have stepped forward to send the message that Lake of the Ozarks is clean and healthy. 



A partnership between the city of Osage Beach, AmerenUE and the  Citizens for Preservation of Lake of the Ozarks  are kicking off a campaign aimed at raising awareness about water quality and the need to take a proactive approach to keeping it “healthy, vibrant and clean.”
Their goal is to bring the community together to preserve the lake’s pristine beauty and water quality for future generations.  
AmerenUE and the city of Osage Beach are  funding the campaign for the committee. The goal is to distribute 100,000 fliers to visitors and residents about how to get involved in protecting and promoting water quality and where to go for information.
Water quality is the single most important issue facing Lake of the Ozarks.  The committee is a unified group of community leaders who have stepped forward to send the message that Lake of the Ozarks is clean and healthy.  
The catalyst for the committee has been the ongoing discussion about water quality at the lake. The consensus is the fallout from the water quality issues has unfairly damaged the reputation of the lake area. The committee, along with partners like AmerenUE and Osage Beach which funded the brochure, are joining together to set the record straight.
From the perspective of Osage Beach Mayor Penny Lyons, the city has a responsibility to help.
“The entire lake area needs to be involved in this particular project,” Lyons said. “As a city, we not only represent Osage Beach but the entire lake area, it’s our responsibility to be involved. This project is a positive step that encourages people to get involved and allows us to set some of the misinformation straight and get it out there to the public.”
Lyons said she hopes to see brochures in every restaurant and store, at all the events and every business in the lake area.
Even though this year’s water quality results have been good and the headline news seems to have died down, there are a lot of people who have in their minds that the lake is not clean, according to Warren Witt, a member of the committee.
Witt is the manager of hydro operations for AmerenUE.  The company owns and operates Bagnell Dam and is licensed by the federal government to manage the shoreline that surrounds the lake.
“We definitely feel we need to continue to promote our clean and healthy lake. It will take quite awhile and a lot of education to get this corrected,” Witt said. “We need to not only promote that our lake is clean and healthy, but that we need to be  proactive to keep it that way for the future.”
Lake Area Chamber Director Trish Creach, who also serves on the preservation committee, said the commitment to promoting water quality is not limited to the summer months.
It is a year-round initiative to keep the lake healthy and to be successful, she said, that needs to involve the entire community.
“Everyone can contribute to promoting a clean and healthy lake whether they live here or are visiting, they get involved,” she said. “Whether it’s helping with the shoreline cleanup or reporting something, everyone can contribute and that’s what we need. Everyone contributing, everyone helping out. That’s how we can keep this a healthy and vibrant lake for future generations.”