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Table Rock Lake, Lake Taneycomo to Benefit from Water Quality Grant

Table Rock Lake and Lake Taneycomo will both benefit from a grant of over half a million dollars to improve water quality. Governor Jay Nixon made the announcement Thursday at the Table Rock Lake Marina. KSMU's Jennifer Moore reports.

Reporter Standup: Right now, I’m standing just a few feet away from the water of Table Rock Lake, just next to the marina. All around me are scores of boats. You might be able to hear the sound of a chain blowing against the mast of a couple of sailboats docked nearby. Although the water right in front of me looks clean, this lake is on Missouri’s impaired waters list because of excessive nutrients that come from snowmelt and rain runoff, as well as pesticides. But a new grant from the Department of Natural Resources aims to change the pace at which the quality of this water has been deteriorating. Governor Jay Nixon announced the details.

“DNR has awarded $550,060 to the Table Rock Lake Water Quality, Inc…This will fund programs that will educate, guide and recognize citizens who implement best management practices to prevent water pollution from stormwater runoff in these areas,” Nixon said.

The funds will be implemented over a four year period starting this summer and lasting through 2015.

As well as awarding businesses and resident who are improving their impact on the lakes, the money will also go toward spreading awareness on how every person affects the groundwater that finds its ways to Missouri’s lakes and streams—regardless of whether they live on the water or not.

The DNR was able to pass along that money as part of a federal grant program through the Environmental Protection Agency.

The grant comes at a good time: a recent report by the Ozarks Water Watch Foundation showed that all 22 sites sampled in a recent study were classified as “impaired” or worse.

For KSMU News, I’m Jennifer Moore.