Weather forces postponement of August water quality sampling at Lake of the Ozarks

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Volume 37-245 For immediate release: Aug. 10, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, – Thunderstorms that rumbled through central Missouri this morning forced the postponement of the regularly scheduled monthly water sampling at the Lake of the Ozarks, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources announced today.

The Department consulted with the Lake of the Ozarks Watershed Alliance, whose volunteers collect the samples, before deciding to postpone the sampling out of concern for volunteer and staff safety. The Department’s normal procedure is to postpone any event where the safety of the participants might be at risk.

The sampling has been rescheduled for Aug. 17.

When rescheduled, the sampling will include 59 sites along the Niangua Arm and the Hurricane Deck and Linn Creek areas. The samples are tested for the E. coli bacteria, which is an indicator of the possible presence of other bacteria.

The results of the sampling will be made public as soon as they are finalized. Sampling will continue monthly through October, at which time the entire season’s sampling results will be analyzed.

The sampling program is the result of a partnership of the Department of Natural Resources, Lake of the Ozarks Watershed Alliance, Department of Conservation and Ameren UE.  Ameren pays $15,000 per year for the five-year study.  When completed, the water testing will include coves from Bagnell Dam to Truman Dam.

Results of the Lake of the Ozarks sampling project – including an interactive map showing sampling locations – are available on the Department’s website at http://www.dnr.mo.gov/loz.htm. Those wishing to receive email notification of sampling updates can do so at this page as well.

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