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Ozarks Water Watch 
Volume XIV, Issue 22
September 30, 2020
 Shoreline Cleanups


Join us for 2 weekends in October to clean the shores of our beloved Ozarks lakes:
Table Rock
Bull Shoals

OCT 2-4th
OCT 9-11th

Choose the lake, on your time, per your schedule with those closest to you!

You can make a difference!
Please observe COVID safety guidelines!





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Call 417-739-4100

for septic pumping

in SW Missouri! 


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Cathy Stepp, Executive Director, Ozarks Water Watch   
Cheers to a successful three-lake clean up that starts officially on October 2nd! Due to COVID, (are you as tired of that phrase as I am?), we've combined all 3 lake cleanups into two fun weekends this year.  October 2-4th and the 9-11th are the weekends that friends and families will head out onto Table Rock, Taneycomo, and Bulls Shoals Lakes.  They'll be doing their part to help keep our Ozarks waters clean!  We're asking volunteers to provide their own gloves, masks, and trash bags this year to help decrease the need for person to person interactions.  However we have some if they're needed. To encourage even more participation, we're having a drawing for a Weber Smokey Mountain vertical smoker!   This prize package is worth nearly $500!

How to win? Take pics/short videos of your clean up activities, post it to your social media with the hashtag
#weloveozarkslakes and you're in!

We're so thankful for our many sponsors! Table Rock Marina Association, State Park Marina and Liberty Utilities are our main sponsors this year.  Please thank them for their support! 


Adopt an Island 
What a fun month September has been!  We've had so many lake lovers who've been too excited to wait until October to clean up our beloved shorelines!  With a special emphasis on islands this year, dozens of people have gathered trash and are creating a baseline from which to measure future polluting challenges and clean up progress. Here are a couple of pics from social media featuring their efforts!



Lake Taneycomo Watershed Management Plan's kick off meeting is set for October 22nd, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm via Zoom.  We've assembled a wide array of elected leaders, municipal reps, business and riparian owners to participate in this effort that is being led by Dr. Robert Pavlowsky from MSU.  

Purpose of the plan: to develop a nonpoint source watershed plan that will outline goals to address water quality standards deficiencies. Additionally we'll be working with the researchers to develop a demonstration project that will support solutions to our challenges.  Silting, erosion, and nutrient loading are the concerns that seem to top the list.  Our stakeholder advisory group members will make sure we hear them all. 

If you are interested in being a part of this important effort to continue to improve Lake Taneycomo, please contact us.  


Speaking of management plans, the Army Corps of Engineers has recently announced the completion of the Table Rock Lake Shoreline Management Plan for Table Rock Lake.  For those of you who love to dive into the deep end of government reports and documents, here is the link.  If you are like me and you prefer a plain English summary, a few quotes from a report on KY3 include: "For about the last six years, the Corps, and a team of locals who made up the oversight committee, have been working to update the plan that regulates things like building docks and cutting down trees and grass around the lake. That is called the Table Rock Lake Shoreline Management Plan. Coburn says the 2020 Shoreline Management Plan is complete. "People who come here for recreation, fish and wildlife resources around the lake, flood control, flood damage reduction. hydro-power," Dana Coburn with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said. "It's everything." Coburn says there are many factors to consider when deciding how to manage the 43,000-acre lake with 745 miles of shoreline. "It's been a long process," Coburn said.

"So, if you have a dock, or if you want a vegetation modification permit, that's a mowing permit, that's what the Shoreline Management Plan is about," Coburn said.


The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is reminding anglers that a definition for "invasive fish" has been added to the
 Wildlife Code of Missouri and affects what type of fish may be used as live bait. The definition includes a list of bighead carp, silver carp, grass carp, and common carp. "Invasive fish are not native to Missouri and have reached a level which are now negatively impacting overall fish populations," explained MDC Fisheries Programs Specialist Andrew Branson. "This has happened relatively quickly in some instances, such as with bighead and silver carp, and slower in other instances, such as with common and grass carp." 
(Shown above: top fish is native gizzard shad; bottom is invasive silver carp.)
Photo courtesy of MDC

Invasive carp were imported into the United States for many purposes. Due to releases or escapes caused by flooding, they've spread in recent decades and thrive in many rivers and lakes. These species eat native fishes' food, can hurt boaters, and damage equipment.
Anglers can use invasive carp as bait if the fish are dead. It is recommended that netted bait fish be placed on ice in coolers. The temperature shock kills the carp, but keeps them fresh for use as bait.
Additionally, anglers should use caution when using live bait in any lake or river, including small community lakes. Unused bait from any source should be contained and put into the trash, rather than dumped into the water. 

For more information on invasive carp, visit the the MDC website. 


Never a dull moment in Arkansas!  Our Erin has been particularly busy this last month.  We are delighted to announce Ozarks Water Watch was awarded $1.26 million from the Arkansas Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Division (NRD) for a pilot program to address failing septic systems across the Upper White River Basin (UWRB) in Northwest Arkansas. This program will provide financial assistance to homeowners in the form of grants and zero-interest loans, with the proportions depending on income level. 

The number of septic systems continues to increase due to population growth throughout the watershed and around Beaver Lake. Failing septic systems can contribute to water quality problems due to the transport of nutrients and pathogens to local streams, rivers, or lakes. The goal of the program is to improve and protect water quality in the UWRB. Two other watersheds - the Upper Illinois River and Buffalo River watersheds - are also being funded through this pilot program with NRD. Many thanks to Erin for working through the grant process, and submitting a successful proposal that will pay dividends of keeping our northwest Arkansas waters fishable, swimmable and drinkable!

Quote of the Week  
 "The earth, the air, the land, and the water are not an inheritance from our forefathers but on loan from our children. So we have to handover to them at least as it was handed over to us." -  Gandhi


Contact Info
OZARKS WATER WATCH                          MISSOURI OFFICE                                 ARKANSAS OFFICE

Cathy Stepp, Executive Director                 PO Box 636, 11 Oak Drive                       1200 W. Walnut, Ste. 3405 

(417) 739-5001                                           Kimberling City, MO  65686                      Rogers, AR  72756