The Lake of the Ozarks has started the tourist season with miles and miles of shoreline cleared of tons and tons of trash.   Almost 450 volunteers have removed more than 25 tons of trash in the water or that had washed up on shore, despite struggles with bad weather.  In fact, some efforts were snowed out. 

This was the 22nd year for the shoreline cleanup. It went on longer than usual because of those weather delays.  The efforts are organized by Ameren Missouri, the company that was Union Electric when it created the lake by building Bagnell Dam more than 80 years ago.  Ameren’s Bryan Vance, who coordinates the event says this year’s cleanup covered about half the mileage that was cleaned last year.  This year’s effort cleaned 325 miles of the 1150 miles of shoreline at the Lake of the Ozarks.

They don’t find everything but the kitchen sink but they did find a porcelain toilet. 

A waste disposal company contracts with Ameren to haul everything away. It cost Ameren $9,000 to have the toilet and everything else hauled away.

AUDIO: Vance interview 9:24