Plans are underway for  2011 Annual Shoreline Beautification Cleanup, scheduled for March 19 through April 17 on Lake of the Ozarks.


The Adopt-the-Shoreline organization invites businesses, residents, second homeowners and vacationers to participate in the event. The cleanup celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.


Plans are underway for  2011 Annual Shoreline Beautification Cleanup, scheduled for March 19 through April 17 on Lake of the Ozarks.

The Adopt-the-Shoreline organization invites businesses, residents, second homeowners and vacationers to participate in the event. The cleanup celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

The cleanup is the largest volunteer effort in the lake area, bringing hundreds of people out during the spring to haul trash and debris that has washed up on the shoreline.

The workshops, to be held Feb. 22 and 24, will provide an opportunity for new and prospective Adopt-the-Shoreline members to learn about the program and how to conduct successful cleanups, while helping current members prepare for the cleanup and share ideas with newcomers.

Workshop topics will include how to adopt sections of shoreline or assist other cleanup groups, boating equipment and tools required, volunteer recognition, and safety procedures to insure a safe and fun cleanup.

Ameren Missouri Field Coordinator Bryan Vance says more than 700 volunteers, representing Adopt-the-Shoreline member groups, are expected to participate in this year’s cleanup.  But Vance adds more boats and volunteers are always needed to help make the cleanup a success.

There’s plenty of work for everyone — cleaning shoreline, transporting waste flotation material and stacking debris for pick up by volunteers with cleanup boats, he said.  

In years past, volunteers have literally removed tons of boat dock foam, along with soda bottles, beer cans and other trash that accumulates on the shoreline and creates an unsightly mess.

Ameren Missouri banned any new installation of non-encapsulated dock foam in 1995 and founded the Adopt-the-Shoreline program in 1992 to help protect the 1,150 miles of shoreline at the lake. The Adopt-the-Shoreline was merged with the Shoreline Beautification Committee to become one organization.

The cleanups were the catalyst of Ameren's ban on the use of non-encapsulated foam on Lake of the Ozarks. The foam served for decades as the flotation material of choice on thousands of docks on the lake.

Adopt-the-Shoreline is sponsored by Ameren Missouri, which provides administrative support, supplies trash bags, and pays for disposal, but the cleanups are performed entirely by volunteers.