A lake resident whose name is synonymous with conservation efforts and fisheries management, has joined the Ameren Missouri Shoreline Management team.

A lake resident whose name is synonymous with conservation efforts and fisheries management,  has joined the Ameren Missouri Shoreline Management team. Greg Stoner, who spent 30 years with the Missouri Department of Conservation, 29 of those as the fisheries management biologist at Lake of the Ozarks, has joined Ameren as an environmental specialist. 

In his new role with Ameren, Stoner will work with shoreline landowners on a number of shoreline management issues and will also be heavily involved in the Adopt-the-Shoreline Program. Although Stoner is still familiarizing himself with his new job responsibilities, he said he is looking forward to working with lakefront property owners and volunteers on the cleanup projects. 

Even after spending his career on the lake, Stoner said he is always learning something new about the area.One of the things he said he is enjoying is learning the geography by land. Much of his time while with the department of conservation was spent on the water in very specific locations, now he is finding places he had never visited. 

Besides with landowners and being a steward of good practices, Stoner said he is excited to have the opportunity to work with annual spring and fall shoreline cleanup program. And he has plenty of insight into what it takes to run a successful cleanup. Stoner has been involved with the Adopt-the-Shoreline program as a board member and as the primary contact for the Missouri Department of Conservation team that adopted the shoreline from the Larry Gale Access to the Little Niangua arm. 

Stoner said as a volunteer, he was able to experience first hand the satisfaction that comes from knowing you are making a difference through the cleanup. It’s a program that, Stoner said, has had a major impact on Lake of the Ozarks. To now move on and be involved on the Ameren side, is something he is very excited about. 

As the Lake biologist, in addition to managing the sportfish populations, Stoner  participated in numerous projects aimed at improving the water quality in Lake of the Ozarks and downstream in the Osage River. Stoner was involved in several projects that had a significant impact on Lake of the Ozarks. 

In the late 1990s, Stoner was involved with a project to  improve dissolved oxygen levels in the Bagnell Dam tailwater and Osage River. This resulted in the development of a state-of-the-art monitoring system that ensures that dissolved oxygen and total dissolved gas levels in the tailwater stay within a range suitable for fish and other aquatic organisms.

Stoner was involved with the most recent FERC relicensing of Bagnell Dam as well as volunteer Volunteer coordination and participation in the 5-year E. coli study (2007-2012) which was a joint venture between the Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Lake of the Ozarks Watershed Alliance. The study covered the entire lake from Bagnell Dam to Truman Dam and all of the major tributaries.

Information for this article was provided by Ameren Missouri.