News Release 214

Department of Natural Resources employees clean up state park shoreline

Volume 38-214 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, APRIL 12, 2010—Employees from throughout the programs of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources joined forces recently for the annual Lake Ozark State Park shoreline cleanup. 

About 10 department employee volunteers rolled up their sleeves and collected nine cubic yards of trash. 

“While many lake-area residents coordinate clean up of the general shoreline around the lake, no group specifically comes forward to clean the state park shoreline,” said Tom DeHaven, coordinator of the cleanup efforts.  “As employees of an agency dedicated to protecting the environment and preserving our natural resources, it’s important to practice what we preach.”

This is the eighth year Department of Natural Resources employees have taken a day to clean up the state park shoreline.  The most common items found littering the shoreline are chewing tobacco cans, single shoes and flip-flops, floating toys, fishing lures, food wrappers and plastic oil jugs and drink bottles. 

Unencapsulated dock foam, once a regular find during such cleanups, is on the decline due to a 1995 dock foam ban at the Lake of the Ozarks.

This event not only improves the appearance of the state park shoreline, it also protects wildlife.  Aquatic animals can ingest debris or become entangled in ropes, fishing line and nets and large debris can smother bottom-dwelling aquatic animals or cover their natural habitats.  

Cleaning up shorelines promotes a healthy environment.  Chemical-containing debris that finds its way into the lake can leach toxic chemicals into the water, decreasing water quality.  Litter can also attract rodents or become a breeding ground for disease-causing insects or bacteria.

For more information on the Lake of the Ozark State Park or the annual employee cleanup, call the Missouri Department of Natural Resources at 800-361-4827.