Your poopified beaches of the weekend


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Everybody poops.
  • Everybody poops.

Public beaches at the Lake of the Ozarks and Wakonda State Park are closed this weekend because of elevated E. coli levels. If Mark Twain State Park were open (it's closed due to high water), its beaches would also be closed for high concentrations of poo-borne bacteria.

Coincidentally -- except it's not -- Attorney General Chris Koster announced this week that he'll hold a two-day symposium on the Lake of the Ozarks' water-quality issues on August 17 and 18 at Tan-Tar-A Resort. It's open to the public. Let's talk about poop!

"I see a floater! Everybody drink!"
  • "I see a floater! Everybody drink!"
The symposium, "Protecting Water Quality at Lake of the Ozarks: An Environmental Road Map for the Future," will open with an address from Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon. Experts will be on hand to discuss pollution sources at the lake (septic tanks, for one), risks of water-borne illnesses (high) and water regulation (tainted by industry lobbyists), among other things.

And then it's off to Party Cove!


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