Ex-official sentenced in Lake of the Ozarks sewage discharge case

Tuesday, August 25, 2009 | 3:43 p.m. CDT; updated 4:36 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, August 25, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY — The former public works director for the city of Lake Ozark has been sentenced to three years' probation for failing to report raw sewage discharged into the Lake of the Ozarks.

The case stems from a September 2007 incident in which 10,000 to 15,000 gallons of raw sewage flowed into the lake, causing high levels of ammonia nitrogen and fecal coliform.

Federal prosecutors say 54-year-old Richard Sturgeon knew sewage was flowing into the popular Missouri tourist attraction but didn't report it to the state Department of Natural Resources.

Sturgeon was also fined $5,000 at Tuesday's sentencing. The city was fined $50,000 last year after pleading guilty to repeatedly discharging raw sewage into the lake and failing to notify the DNR.


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