St. Louis Public Radio News
1:43 pm
Thu January 9, 2003

MO-DNR Gives Up Veto Power over Water

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri's Department of Natural Resources is surrendering veto power it has over federal projects that affect wetlands, rivers, and streams in order to save $99,000 a year.

The move to give back to the federal government the state's water authority comes at a time when the Bush White House is making it easier to build on wetlands. DNR officials say political pressure was not a factor in the decision.