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Protecting the future of Table Rock Lake

A watershed planning project for multiple sub watersheds within the Table Rock Lake area is underway through a partnership between the Ozarks Environmental and Water Resources Institute (OEWRI) and H2Ozarks!

It is no surprise to residents and businesses on the lake that Table Rock Lake is considered a high quality waterbody of economic and recreational significance for the State of Missouri. This project aims to address water quality impairments and concerns in the watershed, and to update a previous plan by adding water quality modeling information. The end result of this project’s effort is to obtain acceptance from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) of a nine-element watershed management plan for the Table Rock Lake – White River watershed. An accepted plan provides a roadmap for a holistic approach to water quality protection and improvement of our most treasured resource.

A nine-element watershed management plan provides a comprehensive framework for developing and implementing best management practices that address water quality concerns while engaging stakeholders and fostering sustainable practices.

This project offers an exciting opportunity for our community to take responsible action toward protecting our lake region. The input of our landowners, business owners, elected officials, agency representatives and other stakeholders is critical. For that reason, H2Ozarks is seeking interested stakeholders to participate in the watershed planning process. If you are interested, visit our website at and complete a request to become a stakeholder.

Recently, efforts by OEWRI, H2Ozarks, and dedicated stakeholders resulted in an accepted watershed management plan for the Lake Taneycomo watershed in Taney County. View the final document online at A special shout of appreciation to all involved!

For additional information about this project and others visit our website at, or contact Carin Love with H2Ozarks at 417.739.5001, or by emailing

The Ozarks Environmental and Water Resources Institute (OEWRI) at Missouri State University and H2Ozarks received a $190,000 grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources through the Federal Nonpoint Source Section 319 program to complete a watershed-based plan for multiple sub watersheds within the Table Rock Lake area. The grant period runs from November 2023 to December 2026 and requires an additional 40% non-federal match by the grant partners.

H2Ozarks is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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