Rep. Randy Railsback, R-Hamilton (front), addresses attendees of the groundbreaking ceremony for the Little Otter Creek Reservoir. Gov. Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson were in attendance.

HAMILTON — March 19 was a historic day in Caldwell County as a large step was taken to reduce the county’s water concerns.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Little Otter Creek Reservoir, which after nearly 30 years of development, will finally enter the construction phase. The event was attended by the teams of people involved in the process of making the lake happen, such as Caldwell’s newly elected Rep. Randy Railsback, R-Hamilton.

As the former Green Hills Regional Planning Commission Director, Railsback has been involved in the efforts of making the reservoir a reality since the 1990s, and is glad to finally see the work come together.

Railsback describes the tedious process that led up to the memorable day.

Caldwell County Presiding Commissioner Bud Motsinger was among other local and state elected officials in attendance. His remarks of the day below:

Little Otter Creek isn’t the only project of its kind. A similar, but bigger reservoir is in the works in Sullivan County that’ll serve the water needs for 10 counties.

Despite the long, tedious process, Railsback says the most rewarding part of getting to this point is where the reservoir will take Caldwell County in the future.

In the meantime, expanding water resources for rural Missourians isn’t the only thing Railsback’s to-do list. He tells KMZU his freshman year as a Missouri representative is off to a good start.

Railsback highlights the bills he is working on, and shares what he anticipates once the legislature returns from spring break.