A few thoughts as summer starts to wind down, and we head into the last weekend before all the schools at the lake have started...

A few thoughts as summer starts to wind down, and we head into the last weekend before all the schools at the lake have started:
Missouri’s Attorney General Chris Koster hosted a two-day symposium on water quality at the lake this week. I didn’t physically attend a minute of it. However, through the magic of modern day technology, I was able to follow it on the Internet. Lake TV 32 broadcast the symposium live, and I watched (or listened) to most of it while at work. What I felt I missed, I was able to replay on the site. If you are interested in learning what went on at the meeting first hand, you can view the “tape” at www.ustream.tv/channel/lake-tv-32.
I have to give Koster credit. The symposium was informative with facts on the state of the lake, options on regulations to improve sewer systems and opinions of experts weighing in on the issues. The stated purpose of the symposium was to gather information about the lake’s water quality and to present possible ways of ensuring that the lake’s water quality remains healthy to the legislature later this month. The attorney general should have plenty of information to make educated recommendations with as much information that was shared with him and the panel. This is in contrast to the couple of bills that were put together by the governor and State Sen. Brad Lager’s (R-Savannah) committee last year. Bills that seemed to be put together in an effort not necessarily to be effective but to be able to say they proposed a solution.
Talk and presentations seemed to drift toward the feasibility of having a central sewer district. It is debatable if that is possible — money is certainly an issue. If anything was made clear it was that creating such a system faced many hurdles.
One comment I heard from Koster that I liked: He noted that it would seem wise to have some testing that determined the cause and source of the E. coli spikes. I couldn’t agree more. It only makes sense to determine where the problem is coming from before you attack it.
The new edition of Lake Lifestyles is coming out in a couple weeks, and our feature story is about people around the lake who volunteer for various causes and charities. There were many to choose from and it was difficult to include only a few.
This weekend has a few examples of the many people and organizations around the lake doing good things:
Hope for the Lake is a new event that will be benefiting the Hope House, Community Foundation of the Lake and Helping Hands Homeless Shelter. It’s a live auction that will be held at Tan-Tar-A on Saturday at 7 p.m. Items have been donated by various members of the community. Unlike many charity auctions, the concept of this event is a bit different. There is no dinner or any speeches. No, this event is for folks who like to bid for stuff for a good cause.
Another good will event will be held at the Osage Beach City Park — the Run for the Fallen.  The “run”  (although many will walk) is being hosted by the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, the City of Osage Beach, the Osage Beach Police Department and the Marine Corps League and is a tribute to those killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Run for the Fallen is a coordinated national event in which groups run or walk in honor of soldiers who were killed in the war. At the lake’s run, it’s hoped that there will be 95 participants — that’s the amount of Missouri soldiers who have sacrificed their lives during the current war — who will show up to take on the one-mile course. The event starts at 8 a.m. with some ceremonies and singing. The walk/run follows immediately. It’s a worthy event, a great way to remember those who fought for our country and a good excuse to get some exercise.
Contact Lake Sun Publisher John Tucker at john.tucker@lakesunonline.com.