Becky Denney

Victory for the Missouri-Mississippi Confluence

Today we found that neither of the St. Louis area casinos was awarded the 13th and only available gaming license from the Missouri Gaming Commission. The license was awarded to a casino on the Mississippi River but much further down river at Cape Girardeau.

Gloria Broderick, a longtime Sierra Club member, has been our lead advocate as part of the Save the Confluence Coalition which worked for over a year to oppose the proposal for the casino-hotel complex at the confluence of the Missouri-Mississippi River in St. Louis County. Recently Gloria and the coalition were actively opposing the other proposed Koman Casino complex (Casino Celebration) at the Chain of Rocks Bridge just south of Highway 270 in St. Louis city. The Save the Confluence Coalition involved 25 organizations which represented more than 90,000 Missourians.

In October when we found that the casino at the confluence would no longer be considered Gloria said this:

"Thank you to everybody who sent postcards and worked on this effort," said Broderick. "We are still waiting for the Gaming Commission to make their decision. We are glad that the confluence casino is not being considered, but hope that they don't use the license at all because there are numerous locations on the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers that we wish to keep pristine."

While we feel this is an important victory for the plants and animals that reside and migrate through the MO-MS confluence as well as a victory for St. Louis citizens, we do not support a casino anywhere along the Mississippi River. So while this is an important victory for the economic health and natural resource protection in the St. Louis area it is not a complete victory.