While most of us are settling in for the winter, with docks and boats secured against the elements, the Ameren Missouri Shoreline Management folks are laying plans for the annual spring cleanup.
"We will need a big effort in the spring of 2014 to clean the areas not covered during the fall cleanup," Bryan Vance, field manager for the Shoreline Management program, explained.
There was "great participation" last fall when 20 groups (106 volunteers) removed 136 cubic yards of debris. But there's a lot of work to be done in the wake of last August's flooding and high lake levels that deposited a variety of debris along the shoreline, Vance said.
Large debris fields containing small mulch-like material composed of wood, leaves and grasses, larger logs and just about every type of trash imaginable were reported throughout the lake with the Grand Glaize and Niangua Arms experiencing the worst conditions.
"The sheer amount of trash deposited along the lake's shoreline was evident during the 2013 fall cleanups," Vance said. "Zone 4 coordinator Donn Nelson said he was amazed at the trash that had accumulated within Zone 4 and reported that over 20 cubic yards of their dumpster was filled with just bagged trash."
In August, a total of 12.21 inches of rain was recorded at Bagnell Dam between Aug. 2 and Aug. 9, with measurable rain on seven of the eight days. On Aug. 7, the single largest event occurred with 7 inches of rain falling within a span of four hours. In order to deal with the widespread heavy runoff floodgates were opened as the lake crested just short of 661 feet.
Spring cleanup is March 15 to April 13.