COPY-Study IDs possible site for Missouri reservoir

Associated Press - September 13, 2010 10:24 AM ET

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - A new study has identified an area south of Joplin as a possible site for a 1,200-acre reservoir that could provide water to Missouri American Water Co. But property owners in the area say they're not eager to leave.

The Joplin Globe reports that the reservoir would be created by construction of a dam to capture water from both Beef Branch and Jacob's Creek. A nonprofit water district would be created, and would have the power of eminent domain.

Many residents who live and own property in the area say there are a lot of homes that would have to be bought out. They're hopeful the reservoir will end up somewhere else.

The study estimates the cost of the project could be up to $104 million.

Information from: The Joplin Globe,

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