Ameren Missouri officials are still reviewing the provisions of a bill that a lake area congresswoman says will take the control of the shoreline out of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's hands and into the hands of local communities.
The bill is the newest legislation proposed by Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler. The congresswoman unveiled the bill last month while visiting Lake of the Ozarks. If the bill were to become law, it would allow states to develop their own plans for managing their own shoreline and limit FERC to overseeing power generation.
The bill is the result of the recent controversy over the project boundaries between FERC, who oversees the operation and management of the lake, and Ameren Missouri, who owns the land under and surrounding the waterway.
"We are aware of the proposed bill; however, we are still reviewing its provisions," according to Jeff Green who oversees shoreline management for Ameren. "During the past year, Ameren Missouri has committed to resolving the federal project boundary issue at the Lake of the Ozarks by working with members of the community, stakeholders, legislators and property owners. We will continue being good stewards of the Lake while maintaining strong relationships with the community. With FERC's decision in June, most issues related to the Project Boundary have been resolved."
The boundary dispute threatened the ownership of more than 1,500 homes and thousands of other lakefront structures. In the end, FERC approved a proposal from Ameren to adjust the project boundary line.