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Judge rules with Corps over 370 levee

By Maria Hickey, KWMU

St. Louis, MO. – A federal judge has ruled against environmental groups and a Missouri community seeking to stop a levee project in St. Peters.

The Great Rivers Habitat Alliance, the city of O'Fallon and other groups, filed suit against the U-S Army Corps of Engineers after the agency granted a permit for the levee.

Great Rivers Executive Director Dan Burkemper says the decision was disappointing and the group will have to decide what to do next.

"At this point, I don't think we've decided whether or not to appeal, we have to look at all of our options," Burkemper said. "I have not yet looked at the ruling, so we'll have to look at that and decide what our next step will be."

The environmental groups argued that the Corps did not consider the cumulative impact building a levee would have downstream in the event of a flood.

But the Corps' St. Louis District spokesman Alan Dooley says the ruling shows the agency conducted its work properly.

"We're neither in favor of, nor opposed to development, but we absolutely insist that that development be done in accordance with laws and regulations that pertain," Dooley said. "And we try to be absolutely impartial in that, and I think this confirms that we were indeed."

The 500-year levee will protect a business development park north of 370.

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