A two-day symposium on water quality at the Lake of the Ozarks is over. Governor Nixon says any proposals he might push during next year’s legislative session will depend on what recommendations arise from that conference.
One question posed to the governor: is water quality at the Lake of the Ozarks truly a problem…or only perceived as a problem?
“I think there’s a little bit of both,” Nixon told reporters gathered at the conference. “I think that the number of people here and the stress on this eco-system is very real. On the other hand, we have now done a complete base-line survey. We have dealt with each of the 400 permittees and we have found some challenges there. Obviously, we you have over 100 that some sort of violation, that’s a challenge.”
Nixon says it’s unlikely any solutions will require more money from the legislature. He says local jurisdictions typically fund any infrastructure necessary. The Lake poses a problem, Nixon says, because of its size, spanning so many different counties. The legislature might be asked to help arrange a regional governmental structure to address any problems at the lake.
Nixon says no one is seeking to levy fines and mete out punishment.
“What we try to do is get solutions,” Nixon said. “We’re not trying, in essence, to put a trophy on the wall. What we’re trying to do is improve water quality and get systems that are going to continue to improve and protect that water quality.”
The attorney general, who sponsored the symposium, says he hopes to develop proposals as a result of the symposium for the legislature to consider.