Leaf Dumping Can Create Unwanted Lake Fill

Dated: 11/20/2017

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One thing is guaranteed at the lake in the fall -- billions of leaves. Some communities have a leaf pick up program and others are forced to rake leaves into little piles and take care of it themselves. What we're not suppose to do is push leaves into the lake in a big mass or burn them on the shoreline. Over time this is actually creating unwanted fill in the lake. If we work together we can protect our beautiful lake, keep the fish healthy, maintain tourism and billion dollar fishing industry by simply disposing of leaves above the waterline. Ameren  prefers that residents burn leaves above the eroded bank. That way if the ash does wash downhill it can be captured or filtered by vegetation or soil before flowing into the lake. Leaves can also be composited or mulched. Here are a few leaf burning tips to follow this season:  

*Always call your local fire district and check if there are any warnings or advisories. 

*Don't burn in high winds.

*Have tools ready to put the fire out if it gets our of hand when burning.

*Never leave a fire unattended.

*Clear a three to ten foot area around the burn pile. 

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