OSAGE BEACH, Mo.-- Wild geese using the Lake of the Ozarks as their restroom are raising bacteria levels around its public beaches. But the fowl running afoul of clean water laws present a challenge to those who want the geese gone.
Most agree they'd like the geese and the mess they leave behind to stay off the beaches. The question is how to keep them away.
Monica Harrell brought her sons Gavin and Cole out to enjoy Grand Glaize Beach. "This is the first time we've ever been here. I hadn't heard, so I wasn't really aware there was a problem," says Harrell.
But Harrell found the problem that's been raising e-coli levels. "That's where I stepped in it at, actually, was right down by the water," Harrell says.
The latest tests show the water at Lake of the Ozarks beaches is safe, but last summer, this beach was closed four weeks in a row in the middle of summer. "We really think it's because of the geese," says Caroline Toole of the Lake of the Ozarks Watershed Alliance.