Federal and State Permitting Procedures continue to bog down the Little Otter Creek Project in Caldwell County.  Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Project Coordinator Terry Rumery:

Terry Rumery

Rumery said the process gets more difficult every year.  “The permitting process gets more complicated and more complicated.  There’s actually only two water reserve projects going on in the entire United States, and both of them happen to be in North Missouri.  And Little Otter Creek Project is the one that is progressing the fastest and is closer to getting done.  That gives you an idea of how hard it is to do,” said Rumery.

The water reserve has been in the works for more than ten years.

The Caldwell County Commissioners recently met with Senator David Pearce and Represenative Jim Neely.  The politicians have both expressed their support for the project, and their willingness to speed up completion of the project.  Rumery says it is mostly in the hands of those issuing the permits.

Rumery said, if all goes well, they could start moving dirt in the next few years.