One Source Services Teams Up With LOWA for Rip Rap Project at the Community Bridge!

One Source Services is excited to start a new project at the Lake of the Ozarks Community Bridge. We are partnering with the Lake of the Ozarks Watershed Alliance (LOWA) to install rip rap along the shoreline in order to protect it from erosion. Read on to learn more about this important project we are starting!

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About LOWA

 LOWA’s mission is to protect the water quality of Lake of the Ozarks for the benefit of residents, visitors, local businesses, and wildlife. Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) in conjunction with the Region 7 Environmental Protection Agency has awarded LOWA a new grant which will improve water quality in the Lake. 

About the Project 

Ensuring our shorelines remain intact and our water quality is good at the Lake of the Ozarks is important! Read on to find out what LOWA has to say about the project at the Lake of the Ozarks Community Bridge. 

Since the completion of the Community Bridge (toll bridge) in 1995, the shoreline on the peninsula under the bridge on the Southwest side has eroded significantly. In some places, the shoreline has receded more than 51 feet due to continual wave action from boat traffic and wind. Approximately 3.5 feet of shoreline is lost every year.

Where Did this Lost Shoreline Go?

Observers may clearly see the soil sediment entering the water, and with it an estimated 200 pounds of phosphorus every year. That’s 3000 pounds of phosphorus over the fifteen years LOWA has been monitoring water quality throughout the Lake. Why be concerned about phosphorus? Phosphorus is plant food and too much can cause algae blooms. Phosphorus also contributes to the growth of bacteria. In addition to concerns about phosphorus, soil in the water smothers fish habitat, diminishes water quality, and interferes with the enjoyment of using the Lake for recreation.

In the next few days, the public will notice a new project beneath the bridge. Rip Rap will be installed along the shoreline to prevent continued erosion. After a competitive bid process, a contract for the work was awarded to One Source Services. The project is entirely funded by the DNR grant and includes water quality assessments before and after the installation of Rip Rap.

Rip Rap is an effective means of preventing soil erosion, thereby contributing to clean, healthy lake water. Soil erosion is the number one polluter of inland waterways in the country. Stopping it is one way Lake of the Ozarks Watershed Alliance contributes to keeping our Lake healthy. The Lake is an entertainment, recreation, and economic resource in this area. It’s protection is the mission of LOWA, a not-for-profit organization.

Contact One Source Services for All Your Rip Rap Needs! 

Ensuring that your shoreline is protected is important! If you own lakefront property, rip rap may be necessary to ensure your shoreline doesn’t erode away and your water remains good quality. If you’re curious about rip rap at the Lake of the Ozarks, give One Source Services a call!

305 N Locust St, Linn Creek, Mo 65052
Phone: 573-502-9350

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