This spring, volunteers cleaned a record 575 miles of shoreline during the 21st annual Spring Shoreline Cleanup at the Lake of the Ozarks. The 626 volunteers, which included a record 74 Adopt-the-Shoreline member groups, removed from the shoreline 1,037 cubic yards of trash and debris - weighing 48 tons.
Ameren Missouri sponsors the Adopt-the-Shoreline program and donated more than $15,000 to dispose of the trash and debris collected by the many volunteers.
"During each cleanup, we were able to put more adopting groups on the water. They were able to clean more shoreline than any previous cleanup," said Ameren Missouri's Bryan Vance, the coordinator of the annual event. "We cleaned the most miles ever, but removed the lightest volume of trash in the history of the program. Many would not consider that a record, but in my book it shows just how clean the Lake is now."
Vance confirmed additional records that were broken this spring included the most miles of shoreline cleaned in a single day and the most man hours in a single zone.
"We had a 10-group partnership that was responsible for cleaning a record 74 miles of shoreline in a single day, and we had a six-group effort in the Gravois that invested more than 250 man-hours into cleaning their zone," he said. "That is the kind of collaboration and commitment that makes being part of this program so much fun. We cannot that our adopting groups and other participants enough for their continued support for Adopt-the-Shoreline throughout its 21-year history."
Jun. 1, 2012