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Ameren's Project Boundary

The Lake of the Ozarks is unique in that it is one of the few lakes in the United States where property owners can have a home directly on the lake. 

Ameren UE owns the lake/dam and grants property owners permits to place boat docks, seawalls, some some improvements on Ameren's land that they own/control. Over the years a number of structures and improvements have been placed on Ameren's land...some with permits and some without. 

Ameren UE recently had to renew their license to generate electricity at the Bagnel Dam facility (Osage Project 459).In doing so a Shoreline Management Plan had to be submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). FERC responded with an order modifying and approving the Shoreline Management Plan. Some of FERC's modifications to the plan would mean the removal of some improvements (including homes) that are built on Ameren's Project Boundary area. 

The misconception by many is that a lakefront property owner will own the property all the way to the lake which is the 660' above sea level at full pool. While there are some areas which the 660' is the extent of Ameren's Project Boundary, Many are the 662'and in some areas of the lake this elevation can reach to the 674'. The majority of Ameren's Project Boundary elevations I see are the 662'. 

It is being written that there are somewhere around 1200 homes and as many as 3000 structures impacted by FERC's decision. FERC recently agreed to rehear the Shoreline Management Plan. 

Below is an article written by Nancy Zoellner-Hogland taken from the Lake Of The Ozarks Business Journal

By Nancy Zoellner-Hogland

More than 4,000 properties inside Ameren Missouris Project Boundary could be affected by a ruling from the Federal Energy Regulation Commission (FERC) if the agency denies the utility companys request for a rehearing. 

Jeff Green, supervisor of Shoreline Management for Ameren Missouri, said they filed a petition on August 25 asking FERC to reconsider certain parts of its order that required the company to identify and take action to resolve all non-confirming structures and encroachments within the project boundary by May 1, 2012.

Green said his company filed the petition because they disagree with FERCs ban on some of the homes, decks, patios, gazebos and similar structures that currently are located inside those boundaries. 

The Corps of Engineers managed the lake for several years and had different rules. In some cases, people didnt know they needed a permit. In many others, people applied for and received permits. Its Amerens feeling that when people got a permit for a deck, the expectation was that deck wouldnt be taken away at some point in the future. Therefore, were proposing that the most practical solution would be to adjust the project boundary so that as many structures as possible that are identified as encroachments under the existing boundary are no longer encroachments, Green said, adding that while they dont have an exact count, they expect it to number somewhere around 1,200 homes and as many as 3,000 other structures if everything on easement property is counted. 

Because of the large number of structures, he said it would not be possible to identify them all by next May. 

We have aerial studies that show project boundaries and we have aerial studies that show structures inside those boundaries but sometimes when you look at them you wonder, What is that? A patio or a boat ramp or is it a boat house? Well have to visit every property to identify the structures and to pinpoint them, similar to what we did with our dock survey, and we may have to hire help to accomplish that. Ameren is asking for two years to get that inventory done, Green said. 

In its request, Ameren Missouri proposed that the reporting and resolution of all encroachments on the Project Boundary be deferred until after FERC rules on a petition to revise the boundary, which the company plans to file no later than Sept. 1, 2013. 

Green said they also asked for an expedited review of their request. 
Were not sure how fast well receive an answer. FERC gave us 30 days to respond so were hoping they could work quickly as well, he said. 

The ruling was given as part of FERCs approval of Ameren Missouris Shoreline Management Plan (SMP), which was required as part of the new 40-year license for the operation of Bagnell Dam and its electric generating facility. FERC approved the license for the Osage Renewable Energy Center in March 2007. Ameren Missouri filed the SMP in March 2008, and FERC approved the plan, with modifications, on July 26, 2011. 

A copy of Ameren Missouris petition is available by visiting AmerenMissouri.com/lake, and clicking on Shoreline Management Plan. 

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