Ameren Fights to Save 1,000 Lake of the Ozarks Homes

A federal order that would require the relocation or removal of more than 1,000 Lake of the Ozarks homes is causing an uproar among residents and property owners.

By  Jessica Pupovac (Columbia, Mo.)

The order came in response to a shoreline management plan filed by AmerenUE. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission  regulates the use and development of the lake, the Bagnell dam and the Osage hydroelectric project. In late August, Ameren filed a petition asking the agency to reconsider its order and allow Ameren time to redraw the boundaries of the project in order to reduce its impact on the community. Celeste Miller with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said nothing’s set in stone.

“We indicated that we need more time to consider these, which is what we're doing now,” said Miller. “At this point, there is no time frame by which we must act.”

In a press release, Ameren Missouri stated that it could take up to two years for them to file a new shoreline management plan.