While the Missouri Department of Natural Resources contemplates their options for dealing with the geese that congregate at the Grand Glaize public beach in Lake of the Ozarks State Park, additional water quality testing is scheduled to take place this summer.


While the Missouri Department of Natural Resources contemplates their options for dealing with the geese that congregate at the Grand Glaize public beach in Lake of the Ozarks State Park, additional water quality testing is scheduled to take place this summer.

The two public beaches in the state park have had ongoing problems with water quality. The state has been forced to close the beaches numerous times during the past several summer seasons due to elevated levels of E.coli.

According to DNR Communications Director Renee Bungart,  the department has contracted with the USGS Missouri and Ohio Water Science Centers and Missouri University of Science and Technology to complete a water quality study at the Lake of the Ozark State Park's Grand Glaize Beach and Public Beach #1. The testing includes a supplemental monitoring program at Pomme de Terre State Park's Hermitage Beach.

As part of the study, the USGS and MS&T will install a network of monitoring sites at and around the beaches to collect water samples throughout the 2012 recreational season. The monitoring efforts for both state park beaches will include water quality sampling at different frequencies; runoff sampling; source tracking and water quality and meteorological monitoring, Bungart said.  

This is the first time DNR has taken steps to determine the actual source of the E.coli. Geese have been targeted as a possible cause, as has runoff from rainwater.
In the meantime,  the department has been working to finalize its plans to address the geese population at the Grand Glaize beach at Lake of the Ozarks State Park.

Bungart said additional information on what the plan will include has not been released.
DNR has backed away from a plan to kill the geese during molting season when adult geese shed their outer wing feathers and can't fly.  DNR has not given an explanation as to why they changed their plan.
A $600,000 improvement project at Lake of the Ozarks State Park to connect water and service to the Grand Glaize Beach and Pa He Tsi  public access should also be complete this summer.

The project will connect water and sewer service from the city of Osage Beach to the Grand Glaize Public Beach and Pa He Tsi areas.  The work began late last year.  The contract calls for extending sewer to the Pa He Tsi area for a future restroom and other facilities.

It also will connect the residence and shop to the city's sewer system, Bungart said.
The marina, bath house, and restrooms by the marina are already on the city's sewer.
Once completed, the entire area will be connected to the city's water system.