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Environmental Law

Effective Public and Private Partnership Allows for Expedited Cleanup and Redevelopment of Former Defense Site

A Midwestern city was attempting to redevelop a 3,000 acre site but ran into problems due to environmental contamination. Without cleanup assistance, the project could not move forward.

Effective Public and Private Partnership Speeds Former Defense Site Cleanup and Redevelopment

Spencer Fane environmental lawyers working with an industrial client teamed with a Midwestern city to clean up landfill contamination and promote public use redevelopment. Through Spencer Fane’s insight, regulatory knowledge, development of evidence, advocacy, and persistence, our team persuaded the United States Army to contribute substantially to the project and persuaded the Environmental Protection Agency to adopt the team’s pragmatic cleanup approach. Both significantly reduced the project’s cost. When agencies are not willing to step up to the plate, Spencer Fane is your advocate.

Spencer Fane Project Receives Phoenix Award Recognition

Spencer Fane impacts St. Louis with the Lemay Riverfront Project.

The SMART Lake: East Locust Creek Reservoir

The East Locust Creek Reservoir was sized and sited to address the most acute water shortage in the State of Missouri. Because of the geology, topography and climate of the 10 County region around Milan, Missouri, as well as the lack of an adequate fresh water aquifer, the area has lived under the threat of drought. The $69 million, 2,235 acre Reservoir is designed to provide 7 million gallons of water per day to over 54,000 people in a ten county region. The formation of the Commission is a part of the Department of Natural Resources strategic consolidation and the Reservoir is viewed as the ultimate solution to address the acute water supply shortage. Currently, the North Central Regional Water Commission, a seller of wholesale water, provides 622,000 gallons of treated water per day to over 3,000 customers, in addition to raw water sold to Farmland. The current source of water is the 200 acre Elmwood Lake, augmented by a pump station and line from Locust Creek (as well as an emergency water line to Trenton).

Wichita Wetlands Project: A Creative Solution to a Complex Problem

The City of Wichita had a significant flooding problem. Spencer Fane took a lead role in crafting a public-private partnership to solve the City’s problem and protect the environment.