OSAGE BEACH — Attorney General Chris Koster hopes to recommend new water quality protections at the Lake of the Ozarks before the Legislature convenes in January.
Koster began a two-day forum Tuesday on water quality at the popular central Missouri tourist lake. The event comes a year after a public controversy over the delayed release by Gov. Jay Nixon's administration of test results showing high levels of E. coli in the water.
Nixon's administration subsequently stepped up inspections of facilities that discharge wastewater into the lake and created a quicker system for notifying the public of beach closures.
Nixon joined Koster for Tuesday's start of the conference. Both officials said it is vital to Missouri's economy to ensure the Lake of the Ozarks has clean water.