SUNRISE BEACH, Mo. -- At the Lake of the Ozarks, when it rains, it pours. When it does pour, it usually contains E. coli bacteria. A fix to the problem could be as simple as some new landscaping.
The Lake of the Ozarks is a place to boat, lie in the sun, and play in the water. Playing in the water isn't always a good idea if it rained the night before.
"One of the key things I think we've learned is, in a hard rain, numbers can get high," said Lake of the Ozarks Watershed Alliance executive director Donna Swall.
Heavy rain brings storm water. That storm water brings E. coli into the lake.
"If you can see water shooting off your bank, over the seawall into the lake, that's a problem," said Swall.
The Lake of the Ozarks Watershed Alliance thinks part of the problem can be solved with some simple landscaping.