Plenty of ‘TLC’ make Taneycomo Lake Cleanup a success
More than 100 volunteers turned out Saturday, Sept. 19, for the Sixth 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.
Volunteers pulled more than 2.5 tons of debris from the lake, including 47 tires, large pieces of Styrofoam, plus appliances, large metal containers, a huge banner and a stuffed bobcat.
“It was a beautiful day for the shoreline cleanup”, says 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.
Community support for the Taneycomo Lake Cleanup was provided by Empire District Electric Co., Cooper Creek Resort & Campground, Angel Inn Hotels, Kanakuk Kamps, Lilley’s Landing Resort and Marina, Dixie Stampede, Table Rock Asphalt and Construction, Scotty’s Trout Dock & Marina, The City of Branson, Connell Insurance Co., Central Bank of Branson, Republic Services, O’Reilly Auto Parts, KRZK and KOMC Radio Stations, White River Valley Electric Cooperative and the Missouri Stream Team.
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.