Adopt-the-Shoreline

The mission of the Adopt-the-Shoreline program is to assume a leadership role in creating and maintaining a shoreline clean of debris and litter, thus enhancing the quality of life at the Lake of the Ozarks and increasing public awareness of the importance of keeping the Lake clean.


Adopt-the-Shoreline began in 1991 as the Shoreline Beautification Cleanup. Nine civic organizations adopted 89 miles of shoreline during the first year of the program. Today, more than 90 organizations have adopted more than 600 miles of shoreline. As stewards of our environment, Ameren Missouri (then known as Union Electric) sponsored the first cleanups and continues to fund the program today. 


  • Membership - The Adopt-the-Shoreline program enables interested groups and residents to help our environment by "adopting" portions of the shoreline for litter control. Since 1991, groups have provided more than 13,000 volunteers who have removed more than five million pounds of trash from the Lake's shoreline. (more)

  • Supporting Members - Supporting members provide equipment and resources to make the annual shoreline cleanup a success. Resources include barges, boats, forklifts, and other specialized equipment.

  • Advisory Board - Board members review the Adopt-the-Shoreline program and make recommendations to Ameren Missouri on policy issues and/or additions or improvements to the program. (more)

  • Zone Coordinators - Zone coordinators serve as liaisons to the Adopt-the-Shoreline groups that are within a particular zone. Zone coordinators oversee volunteers and equipment to maximize resources. (more)

Contact Us or call 573.365.9252 with questions or to become a volunteer.

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