News Release 279

Camden County mobile home park case referred to attorney general for clean water enforcement action

Volume 38-279 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Renee Bungart

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, MAY 5, 2010-- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources referred the case against a Camden County mobile home park to the Missouri Attorney General's Office to pursue legal action for violations of Missouri’s Clean Water Law.

The department referred the case against Osage Lakeshore LTD to the attorney general alleging the wastewater treatment facility it operates at Mickeyland Mobile Home Park, located off Lake Road 5-29D, near Sunrise Beach, violated Missouri’s Clean Water Law and Regulations on multiple occasions in 2008 and 2009. 

The wastewater treatment facility serving the mobile homes and cabins in Mickeyland Mobile Home Park consists of septic tanks and a recirculating sand filter with chlorination.  Effluent from the facility discharges to the Lake of the Ozarks.

In September 2008 and July 2009, department staff inspected the facility and found untreated wastewater overflowing from its collection system and into the Lake of the Ozarks.  Staff also saw excessive vegetation covering the sand filter and other parts of the facility.

Furthermore, department records show the effluent discharging from the facility has periodically exceeded its permitted limitations for fecal coliform and total residual chlorine.  Due to the continuous nature of these violations, the department referred this matter directly to the attorney general.

The Missouri Clean Water Law exists to protect public and environmental health and the department is responsible for enforcing the law and regulations.

The department’s enforcement actions help protect human health and the environment by requiring facilities to maintain compliance. The main goal in any enforcement action is to work with a facility to successfully achieve compliance with the standards and then ensure it has the tools to remain in compliance.  As part of that process, penalties may be used ensure future compliance by removing the economic benefit of continued noncompliance.

The department strives to work with owners and operators to fix problems before an issue is referred. In situations where the responsible party is unwilling or unable to cooperate to bring the facility into compliance and be protective of human health and the environment, the department will refer the case.

For more information, contact the department’s Water Protection Program at 573-751-1300 or call toll-free at 800-361-4827.