News Release 092

Department of Natural Resources refers clean water case against lake vacation community to attorney general

Volume 38-092 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, MARCH 3, 2010-- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources referred the case against a Lake of the Ozarks vacation community to the Missouri Attorney General's Office for violations of Missouri’s Clean Water Law.

The department referred the case against Sunset View Estates Wastewater Treatment Facility Inc. to the attorney general alleging numerous clean water law violations which occurred at the facility, located off Y-10, S-5 road, in Rocky Mount, Morgan County.

The treatment facility, which serves four vacation homes in Sunset View Estates, consists of a recirculating sand filter with chlorination. Effluent from the facility discharges to the Lake of the Ozarks.

In September and October 2009, the department conducted inspections of the wastewater treatment facility and documented operation and maintenance problems. Department staff observed excessive vegetation covering the recirculating filter bed and the components of the wastewater treatment facility. Staff also documented the perimeter fence enclosing the treatment facility was failing and did not contain a secure gate or have warning signs posted. Due to the continuous nature of these violations, the department has referred this matter directly to the Missouri State Attorney General’s Office.

The department is requesting the attorney general take action to ensure the corporation properly operates and maintains the wastewater treatment facility; submits a complete application for a construction permit to comply with the final effluent limitations, as required by the schedule of compliance contained in the Missouri State Operating Permit; and collect and analyze a sample of effluent as required by its operating permit and submit the results to the department on its quarterly discharge monitoring reports.

The Missouri Clean Water Law exists to protect public health and the environment, and the department is responsible for enforcing the law and regulations.

The department’s enforcement actions help protect human health and the environment by requiring facilities to maintain compliance. The main goal in any enforcement action is to work with a facility to successfully achieve compliance with the standards and then ensure it has the tools to remain in compliance. As part of that process, penalties may be used ensure future compliance by removing the economic benefit of continued noncompliance.

The department strives to work with owners and operators to fix problems before an issue is referred. In situations where the responsible party is unwilling or unable to cooperate to bring the facility into compliance and be protective of human health and the environment, the department will refer the case to the Attorney General’s Office.

For more information, contact the department’s Water Protection Program at 573-751-1300 or call toll-free at 800-361-4827 , or visit the department's Web page at