A ruling from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission should ease concerns of landowners along the Lake of the Ozarks who were concerned about losing homes that fell within the boundaries of an Ameren hydroelectric project.
Owners of waterfront property at the Lake of the Ozarks are breathing a sigh of relief this morning.
In July, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued an order that many structures built too close to the lake, including homes and apartment and condominium complexes, would have to be removed because they interfered with the operation of Ameren Missouri's Osage hydroelectric operation.
Water samples taken this week from 12 coves at the Lake of the Ozarks did not contain elevated E. Coli levels, but two Missouri beaches will remain closed because of elevated average amounts of the bacteria.
All 12 samples are from coves in the lake's upper region, from the Highway 65 bridge to the Brown Bend area 30 miles down-lake. Renee Bungart with the Department of Natural Resources says the upper-lake testing is part of a 5-year study to examine the Lake of the Ozark's ecological health.