West County residents say MSD project creates breeding ground for mosquitoes

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on August 27, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 27 at 9:21 PM

DES PERES, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A fight between homeowners and the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District is brewing over a west St. Louis County creek.  MSD officials say the banks of the creek are eroding while homeowners claim MSD is about to create a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Heavy equipment is in place to start a one million dollar project on the southern branch of the Two Mile Creek, but now the project has been put on hold.

The plan is to stop the backyard erosion by digging out some of the creek bank and installing modular blocks similar to those put along Deer Creek in nearby Ladue.   It is a plan that does not sit well with some residents.

“What they want to build here are mosquito housing developments.  We really don’t want that,” Bill Oakey, a resident, said.  Oakey has fought the project for two years.

“With West Nile virus in the headlines and we have heard complaints with people that have walls just like this that are hollow that water can stagnate in,” Mark Pedroli, a resident, added.

An MSD official says the project will be put on hold until they have had a chance to meet again with concerned neighbors to explain their reasoning to why it is needed.

“They do have an erosion problem.  Several of the homes do and without the work being done more homes will,” Lance LeComb, an MSD official, said.

MSD is hoping to have a meeting with the residents scheduled in the coming weeks.

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