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New state park comes out of Ameren settlement


Jefferson City, MO. – Governor Matt Blunt says the state will use some of the Taum Sauk settlement money to develop a new state park in Shannon County.

The governor says it will help compensate Missourians for the loss of natural resources when the reservoir breach flooded Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park two years ago.

St. Louis-based Ameren Corporation has agreed to pay $180 million to compensate for damage resulting from the Taum Sauk reservoir collapse.

The new state park along the Current River will be on the site of the former Alton Club. The Department of Natural Resources had planned to seek grants and donations to develop the park.