I forgot to mention that St. Louis Audubon and the Webster Groves Nature Study Society are two of the wonderful groups that make up SAVE THE CONFLUENCE/THE COMMON SENSE COALITION effort.  Hurray! If I have repeated info that has already been posted to the list, I apologize.

By the way, there's a meeting at 9AM this morning before the Gaming Commission on this.  SAVE THE CONFLUENCE folks are trying to get folks to attend.  We can't speak, but people there in droves helps.  

I just found out about this a bit late today at Columbia Botooms as I was birding (sorry), but maybe some of you can go this morning. Here's the scoop:

"The Common Sense Coalition, now more than 15,000 people strong, needs your help to fight the proposed Confluence floodplain casino in Spanish Lake adjacent to the Columbia Bottom Conservation Area – the wrong development in the wrong place. We are not backing down. This proposal in north St. Louis county threatens the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi river - our nations two mightiest rivers. It is the heritage of all Missourians and all Americans. We cannot gamble with this treasure.

Help Pack the House! The Gaming Commission comes to St. Louis on Wednesday, Februrary 24

Ultimately, the Missouri Gaming Commission will make the determination on any casino license. We need to educate the Commissioners about why the confluence is not the place for a casino. The Gaming Commission will meet Wednesday, February 24 at 9 a.m at the County Government building at 41 South Central in Clayton – in the Council Chambers. If you can attend please plan to meet at 8:30 a.m. in the lobby on the Central Ave. side and let us know at [log in to unmask] or call our office at 314-644-1011."

Chrissy McClarren
St. Louis City
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--- On Wed, 2/24/10, Chrissy McClarren <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> From: Chrissy McClarren <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area Under Threat
> To: [log in to unmask], "Chrissy McClarren" <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2010, 6:31 AM
> Columbia Bottom Conservation Area is
> under threat by a proposed Casino.  I took the follwing
> from the Missouri Coalition for the Environment:
> "The Columbia Bottoms Conservation Area is located in one
> of the largest migratory bird flyways. Over one-third of
> North America's migratory birds fly through this area each
> year. Columbia Bottoms also sits on a floodplain. Nestled
> just south of the Missouri River at its meeting place with
> the Mississippi, the area attracts wildlife and outdoor
> adventurers alike. But now St. Louis County would like to
> place a casino just south of the conservation area. 
> The proposed development would raise the level of 377 acres
> of the current floodplain by 30 ft to accommodate a large
> casino, 8000 parking spaces and a golf course. It has not
> been said where the soil needed to elevate the land will
> come from. Building on the floodplain will cause hundreds of
> thousands of gallons of water polluted with motor oil,
> fertilizers and pesticides to runoff the property and
> threaten the adjacent sensitive wetland habitat (Columbia
> Bottom CA) that the Department of Conservation has spent $25
> million dollars to protect and restore."
> For more (and ways to help), go to:
> Please also check out the SAVE THE CONFLUENCE WEBSITE:
> Chrissy McClarren
> St. Louis City
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