Work Begins at the Lake of the Ozarks Community Bridge
Lake of the Ozarks Watershed Alliance (LOWA) announces a new project to begin Tuesday, February 4. LOWA’s mission is to protect the water quality of Lake of the Ozarks for the benefit of residents, visitors, local businesses, and wildlife. Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) in conjunction with the Region 7 Environmental Protection Agency have awarded LOWA a new grant which will improve water quality in the Lake.
Since the completion of the Community Bridge (toll bridge) in 1995, the shoreline on the peninsula under the bridge on the Southwest side has eroded significantly. In some places, the shoreline has receded more than 51 feet due to continual wave action from boat traffic and wind. This photo shows where the shoreline used to be in 1995, in 2004, and in 2012. Approximately 3.5 feet of shoreline is lost every year.
Where did this lost shoreline go?
The second photograph shows the soil sediment entering the water, and with it an estimated 200 pounds of phosphorus every year. That’s 3000 pounds of phosphorus over the fifteen years LOWA has been monitoring water quality throughout the Lake. Why be concerned about phosphorus? Phosphorus is plant food and too much can cause algae blooms. Phosphorus also contributes to the growth of bacteria. In addition to concerns about phosphorus, soil in the water smothers fish habitat, diminishes water quality, and interferes with the enjoyment of using the Lake for recreation.
In the next few days, the public will notice a new project beneath the bridge. Rip Rap will be installed along the shoreline to prevent continued erosion. After a competitive bid process, a contract for the work was awarded to One Source Services. The project is entirely funded by the DNR grant and includes water quality assessments before and after the installation of Rip Rap.
Rip Rap is an effective means of preventing soil erosion, thereby contributing to clean, healthy lake water. Soil erosion is the number one polluter of inland waterways in the country. Stopping it is one way Lake of the Ozarks Watershed Alliance contributes to keeping our Lake healthy. The Lake is an entertainment, recreation, and economic resource in this area. It’s protection is the mission of LOWA, a not-for-profit organization.
By Andrew Havranek | Posted: Fri 4:40 PM, Feb 07, 2020 | Updated: Fri 4:53 PM, Feb 07, 2020 | KY3.com
LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. — More than 50 feet of shoreline has washed away near the Lake of the Ozarks Toll Bridge.
CG: Preventing Erosion | Lake of the Ozarks (30-35)
CG: Chris Rahmoeller | Sales Manager, Rock Works (57-103)
CG: Scott Ritchie | Manager, Rock Works (121-127)>
Nearly three-and-a-half feet of shoreline under bridge washes away every year.
“When it rains, the lake gets a little bit muddy looking, cloudy,” said Donna Swall of the Lake of the Ozarks Watershed Alliance. “Or, if you have wave action whether it be from a boat, the wind, weather, it’s going to erode soil away from the bank.”
That soil can cause a lot of problems in the water.
“It becomes a table for bacteria to grow, as well as the phosphorous situation for algae blooms and unhealthy water,” Swall added.
For the last seven years, LOWA has been trying to get a state grant to help stop that soil under the bridge from washing away.
This year, the group got the money.
“DNR stepped up to the plate, so we want to thank them big time,” Swall said.
LOWA used the $76,000 grant to buy massive rocks – known as rip rap – to stop that erosion.
“It takes a lot of rock,” said Chris Rahmoeller, Sales Manager at Rock Works.
In fact, they’re using 1,300 tons of it. That’s 2.6 million pounds of limestone.
“It holds 120 tons of rock on the barge, so it takes several trips from our quarry,” Rahmoeller added.
Scott Ritchie, the manager of Rock Works, says laying the rip rap around the peninsula will take a little more than a week. That’s less time than it would take to make a concrete sea wall.
“It lasts for years and years, and it’s just natural,” Ritchie said. “Later on down the road it just turns into regular rock just like the shoreline, so we’re good.”
LOWA also offers property owners a cost-share program to install rip rap on their property.
|May 28, 2020 – May 30, 2020||
Safety Boat Captains needed
To Volunteer, call 573-434-4400.
|Jun 05, 2020 – Jul 28, 2020||
Volunteers usher or work concessions. When you volunteer your time, LOWA receives income based on your hours worked. Volunteers receive a free Shootout tee shirt, sign in under LOWA, and enjoy the music while you work. Here’s the lineup. Grab a friend and email us (adminasst@Lowatershed.org) the date(s) you are able to work and we thank you in advance. Your time equals income directly to LOWA to help us Keep Our Healthy Lake Healthy.
May 22 – Granger Smith
June 5 – Rodney Carrington
June 6 – Three Dog Night
June 12 – Lynyrd Skynyrd
June 21 – Missouri Symphony Orchestra
July 3 – The Avett Brothers
July 4 – Reo Speedwagon
July 24 – For King & Country
July 25 – Jamey Johnson & Whiskey Myers
July 28 – Ted Nugent
August 21 – Crossover Christian Music Festival
September 26 – Pumpkin Chunkin Palooza
|Jun 06, 2020||
Either race or fun run – your choice
More details soon. This daytime event will require pre-registration
|Jun 13, 2020 – Sep 12, 2020||
Due to Covid 19 restrictions the May 9 Kayak Roundup is cancelled. Check back here for further developments.
June 13, July 11, August 8, September 12
Meet at Ha Ha Tonka Lower Spring Area at the Kayak Launch
|Jul 12, 2020||
Whistle Bridge to Ha Ha Tonka
Pre-registration required and open in 2020
|Aug 29, 2020 – Aug 30, 2020||
Looking for volunteers
Safety Boat Captains needed – call 573-434-4400
Cleanup folks needed – email adminasst@Lowatershed.org
Thank you to our volunteers whose work benefits LOWA with a grant from the
event organizers based on hours worked on LOWA’s behalf.
|Oct 07, 2020||
More information will be posted in 2020 along
with a list of available plants for pre-order