Quality of Some Ozarks Rivers, Streams “Impaired”

17 Feb

(Branson, MO) — Governor Jay Nixon will stop in the Ozarks Thursday on the heels of a discouraging water quality study of area rivers and streams.

The Ozarks Water Watch Foundation has released its third annual “Status of the Watershed.”

The report is based on surveys of water quality in selected rivers and streams which flow into Beaver, Table Rock, Taneycomo, and Bull Shoals Lakes. It finds that every site sampled is classified as “impaired,” and assigns them a “C” grade.

David Casaletto, President of the Foundation, says the greatest source of problems comes from excessive nutrients like phosphorus and nitrogen, as well as sediment washed by runoff into rivers and streams.

On Thursday, Governor Nixon and Department of Natural Resources Director Sara Parker Pauley will stop at Ameren’s Bagnell Dam Scenic Overlook at Lake of the Ozarks.

At 11 am, they will announce the awarding of $740,000 grant to Lake of the Ozarks Watershed Alliance. Then at 1:15 pm, the two will stop at Table Rock Lake State Park marina to announce the awarding of $550,000 grant to Table Rock Lake Water Quality Inc.

“Status of the Watershed” report.

Springfield News-Leader Report


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