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What Is LOWA

The Lake Ozark Watershed Alliance, LOWA Inc. is a proactive group of local residents formed to protect and preserve our lakes and watershed. Prevention is better than repairing problems economically, health-wise, and for safety. Read about the Elements of LOWA to learn more about the dangers and our solutions to preserve the lakes watershed.


Citizens will preserve, protect, and improve the Lake of the Ozarks, its Watershed and natural resources, while maintaining our economic, social, and environmental health.

Who Are The People of LOWA?

Concerned citizens,like you and me, are the backbone of LOWA. If you are not now active within LOWA, we encourage you to join us in our effort to maintain the high quality of life we within this watershed enjoy. You can do so now,on-line by going here: Sign-Up.

Meet the LOWA

Officers and LOWA Element Chairs who are a special group of dedicated people who can use your help in meeting the objectives of LOWA.

SEE pdf of
LOWA Brochure

LOWA began when 18 local, state, & federal agencies joined together to hold several public meetings around the lake. These agencies have agreed to continue as Technical Advisors, but clearly want the citizens to lead! The intent was to see if there was any interest in starting a citizen led watershed group for Lake of the Ozarks. Many of these groups are forming nationally to protect and preserve our waterways and lakes.

LOWA is a proactive group of local residents formed to protect and preserve our lakes and watershed.
Prevention is better than repairing problems economically, health-wise, and for safety. LOWA became incorporated: August 3, 2006

About A Watershed

What is a Watershed?

(See PDF of Watershed Map)

A watershed is an area of land where the runoff from rain and snow will ultimately drain to a particular stream, river, wetland, or other body of water. Healthy watersheds provide plentiful drinking water supplies, habitat for fish and wildlife, and water for irrigation, industry, or recreation activities. Without clean water supplies, our society would be radically changed from what it is today. Standards for a healthy watershed are easily defined by �yes� answers to two important questions. Is the lake or river clean enough for fish to thrive? Can you swim in it?

What is Watershed Management?

Few communities are alone in a watershed. They are each affected by activities of neighboring communities, towns, and cities � upstream or downstream, uphill or down hill � in a common watershed. A watershed approach brings diverse interests and resources together to solve common problems.

Why Care About Watersheds?

All water is recycled water, whether by nature or by people. The quality and quantity of our water is always at risk. Changes in land use which increase the amount of impervious surfaces, such as more pavements and rooftops, increase runoff volume and velocity, causing increased flooding and erosion. Impervious surfaces also prevent water from soaking into the ground and replenishing groundwater supplies within a watershed.

LOWA: Protecting Our Asset

Our watershed is a complex set of locations determined by geography. The full �Master Watershed� was originally established by Lewis and Clark. On orders from President Jefferson, they were to map out a water route to the Pacific. Lewis and Clark actually were mapping out what is now called the Missouri Watershed of which our lake is a part.

Let Your Voice Be Heard

LOWA provides you with an opportunity to voice your opinion on issues concerning the Lake of the Ozarks.
Get educated, get involved, voice your opinion.

Since the controversy surrounding the E-coli testing in the Spring of 2009, the Lake of the Ozarks has been in the cross hair of state-wide media. As the controversy continues, we hope and will do all we can to see to it that the Lake of the Ozarks comes out the better because of it.

See Water Quality issue at the Lake

Past issues of concern include:
Quarry Project
Landfill Proposal

See News of Current Interest

Projects of LOWA

Lake Sampling

Septic Tank Pump-out Program more

Lake Shoreline Clean-up

Designated Captain Program

Soil and Erosion Control

Sign-Ups Below


Sign Up Here To Receive LOWA E-Mail

Sign-up for Soil Test

Be A LOWA Volunteer By Signing Up Here

Have A Question for LOWA? Ask It Here

Partners and Other Links of Interest

LOWA Encourages Your Support of These partners
SchultSurveying and Engineering
Schultz Surveying and Engineering, Inc. (SSE)
is a consulting firm offering civil engineering, land surveying & materials testing services.
Ameren Missouri logo Ameren-Missouri mid-west power producer and operator of the Bagnell Dam

Captain Ron's Logo
Captain Ron's Restaurant on the Lake.
Lake Media Logo Lake Media
lake printing
KRMS Radio KRMS Radio
GeoSynTec Consltants Geosyntec Consultans
InkCycle Ink Cycle Corporation
Rock Works Logo Rocks Works