Saturday's Taneycomo Lake Cleanup was a Success

LAKE TANEYCOMO, Mo. -- Over a hundred volunteers turned out Saturday, September 19th, for the 6th Annual Taneycomo Lake Cleanup, also known as “TLC for Taneycomo”. 

Eighteen boats carried groups working out of Branson, Rockaway Beach and Empire Park at Forsyth and covered lake areas from Point Lookout to Powersite Dam. 

The volunteers pulled over 2.5 tons of debris from the lake, including 47 tires, large pieces of Styrofoam, plus appliances.  Unique “finds” included large metal containers, a huge banner and a taxidermy bobcat!

“It was a beautiful day for the shoreline cleanup”, said Gopala Borchelt, Senior Projects Director for Ozarks Water Watch and Table Rock Lake Water Quality.  “Everyone enjoyed the challenge and the camaraderie.” 

Missouri Stream Team volunteers brought their colorful kayaks to work the shoreline, and several students from Missouri State University made the trip to get outdoors and make a difference. 

A group of twenty Link Year students from Kanakuk Kamps also joined in to help in the cleanup.  Rockaway Beach residents also showed support with a strong number of volunteers from their community.  Volunteers received “rainbow trout pink” t-shirts and enjoyed a picnic lunch in the three park locations.

The Taneycomo Lake Cleanup is organized by Table Rock Lake Water Quality and Ozarks Water Watch, a non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining and improving water quality in the Ozarks.

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