A record 74 Adopt-the-Shoreline member groups participated
in the 2012 Spring Shoreline Beautification Cleanup at
Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks. They cleaned a record 575
miles of shoreline. The 626 volunteers also removed 1,037
cubic yards of trash and debris - weighing 48 tons.
Many other individuals and businesses provided support for
this year's cleanup, which ran from March through May.
"During each cleanup, we were able to put more adopting
groups on the water. They were able to clean more shoreline
miles than any previous cleanup," said Ameren Missouri's
Bryan Vance, who coordinates 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."
Ameren Missouri, which sponsors the Adopt-the-Shoreline
program, paid more than $15,000 to dispose of the trash and
debris collected. In addition, numerous local organizations
and individuals donated boats and other equipment the
volunteers needed to make the event successful.
Vance said additional records that were broken this spring
include 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
thank our adopting groups and other participants enough for
their continued support for Adopt-the-Shoreline throughout
its 21-year history."
Ameren Missouri has been providing electric and gas service
for more than a century, and our electric rates are among
the lowest in the nation. We serve 1.2 million electric and
127,000 natural gas customers in central and eastern
Missouri. Our mission is to meet their energy needs in a
safe, reliable, efficient and environmentally responsible
manner. Our service area covers 63 counties and more than
500 towns, including the greater St. Louis area. For more
information, visit AmerenMissouri.com.