Conservation Area Casino Faces Final Vote by County Council Tomorrow

The construction of a sprawling 376-acre resort and casino next to the Columbia Bottom Conservation Area in North St. Louis County faces it's most critical vote yet tomorrow night.

The St. Louis County Planning Commission already gave the initial go ahead to rezone the massive swath of land in a flood plain immediately south of wetlands that border the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, despite the protests from multiple environmental and community groups.

If you've never been, here's what the Conservation Area looks like:

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Photo of Columbia Bottom Conservation Area by Ozark Bill via Flickr
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Now, the full County Council will decide whether the area should be rezoned for commercial use.

This time around, a new environmental heavyweight is stepping in and trying to rally its troops against the project.

That would be the Audubon Society.

They sent an "Alert!" out to their members, asking them to call the Council and express their opposition to a plan they say would "effectively destroy the last stretch of major undeveloped flood plain and natural area in the urban core of St. Louis, effectively further spoiling the natural beauty and bringing to a halt efforts of dozens of government, non-profit, and private organizations working to bring sustainable eco-tourism and the national spotlight to one of the most significant natural treasures and migratory bird corridors in the nation."

Well, that doesn't sound so bad does it?

Check back with Daily RFT on Wednesday to see if you need to put a suicide watch on your Audubon Society friend.

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