May 25, 2012 5:53 pm

LEO Highlights Multiple Concerns as Missouri River Makes MOST ENDANGERED List



Endangered Rivers Press Conference, St. Louis MO


May 15th, LEO joined Missouri Coalition for the Environment, MO Sierra Club and Maryland Heights Residents for Responsible Growth in informing the public that the Missouri River is at risk. The “Big Muddy” made the American Rivers list of the 10 Most Endangered Rivers in America.

The Missouri River is the nation’s longest river and directly impacts the lives of millions of Americans as it courses through the Great Plains and comes together w/ the Mississippi River just downstream of Labadie MO.

The unfortunate truth is that we have used the river as a dumping ground and have exploited its resources. The river provides billions in water purification, relaxation and recreation, wonderfully fertile floodplains and a future of transportation and enjoyment. Why would we allow pollution and an industry monopolization of its uses?

Brad Walker of MCE said it well when he spoke to the press (KSDK Ch 5 coverage), we need to think long-term and make our policy decisions based on fact. Restoration and easements cost less and do more to protect communities and the environment.

See additional coverage by KWMU, KMOX and the Post-Dispatch.

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