News Release 662

Department of Natural Resources refers Lake of the Ozarks campground to attorney general for Missouri Clean Water Law violations

Volume 38-662 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, NOV. 24, 2010-- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has referred the case against a Lake of the Ozarks campground in Camden County to the Missouri Attorney Generals Office for violations of Missouri’s Clean Water Law.

The department referred the case against Kenneth Hutchins to the attorney general alleging numerous Clean Water Law violations that occurred at the Camping Paradise campground, 630 Camping Paradise Drive in Roach. 

On April 8 and July 14, department staff inspected the wastewater treatment systems serving Camping Paradise and observed eight separate wastewater treatment systems that were constructed without receiving approval from the department. 

Due to the nature of these violations, the department has referred this matter directly to the Missouri State Attorney General’s Office.

Missouri's Clean Water Law exists to protect human 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 with the standards set out in the law.

The department’s 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 to 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 public health and the environment, the department will refer the case.