MILAN, MO – Once again, the North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission, in Milan, Missouri will be teaming-up with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Stream Team and the Missouri Department of Transportation to clean-up the area that will contribute to the East Locust Creek Reservoir. The “No More Trash!” Blitz will be held at 8:30 AM on Saturday, April 16th. We will gather in the Town of Boynton on N Highway just east of Highway 5. Maps of clean-up area will be provided. We will be concentrating on the area within and around East Locust Creek Reservoir.
Last year, more than 60 Sullivan Countians joined in the clean-up (and post clean-up cookout). The Missouri Stream Team provided shirts to early registrants. Students and a Scout Troop learned about the lake and much fun was had working “in the bottom of the lake”.
East Locust Creek Reservoir will, someday, provide water for up to 10 counties and 54,000 customers and remove the threat of a water shortage for area residents. The Reservoir will be able to produce some 7 Million Gallon a Day of water. The lake itself will extend nearly six miles, have 82 miles of shoreline and be the 28th largest lakes in Missouri. It is the largest lake ever built under the sponsorship of the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Some $32 million has been expended or is programmed to be expended on the project to date.
If you cross the Lake of the Ozarks or Truman Lake or Stockton Lake or Taneycomo or hundred other lakes in Missouri, you can’t help but wonder, “what was at the bottom of that lake?” This is a rare opportunity to “kick-around” at the bottom of the lake and learn about the plans and help in ensuring clean water.
The Commission receives grant support from various agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Those agencies are very interested in citizen involvement. The Commission would welcome participation.
Folks interested may register with Mary Culler at 660-385-8000 or e-mail her at [email protected] Groups are welcome too, including Scout Troops, church groups or school groups.