2014 Brings New Water Management Practices

Published 12/31 2013 05:21PM

Updated 12/31 2013 06:31PM

A new year's resolution for Branson businesses involves cleaning up Table Rock Lake.

Several organizations in the white river basin are launching new programs to encourage water conservation.

One, Ozarks Water Watch, is encouraging marinas along table rock lake to adopt better best management practices.

These include upgrading waste containment facilities and training employees how to reduce spills.

The program is called Clean Marinas. Participants will receive special signage and flags. Businesses hope this will encourage patrons to choose boat docks that practice good stewardship.

Other organizations in Stone and Taney counties plan to launch programs aimed at reducing water runoff and cleaning up sewage.

A new parking lot near the lake will keep enough phosphorous out of the lake to reduce algae growth by 700 pounds.

Environmental advocates say they've noticed a change in the way visitors are thinking about water quality and aquatic habitats.

"I think people are really starting to pay attention to water quality, air quality,” said Ronna Haxby of Ozarks Water Watch. “The economy is tied to the water quality in this area.”

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