Des Peres Mosquito Woes

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DES PERES, MO (KPLR)-- Mosquitoes, they`re spreaders of disease, pesky and Des Peres residents say all too prevalent near one neighborhood creek.

These residents are speaking out against a new wall they believe would worsen the problem.

Residents just finished telling city aldermen what`s wrong with the plan.  In a nutshell, the St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District plans to put concrete blocks along 'Two Mile Creek' to keep it from eroding.  But according to some, similar blocks already stacked along the creek are a breeding ground for mosquitoes and residents say there are far better alternatives.

Residents say the mosquito issue is preventing them from enjoying their neighborhood creek.  The problem, they say comes from the indentations on the top of these concrete blocks that are meant to hold small planters. But instead, fill with stagnant water and become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Many are very upset about MSD`s plan to add new blocks to the creek.

I spoke with an MSD spokesman, who insists that the new blocks have a mechanism that will drain water, preventing mosquitoes. But residents insist that debris and dirt collect in the blocks over time and that`ll make the draining useless.

MSD plans to meet with residents sometime in mid-October to discuss plans for the concrete retaining wall.  The residents I spoke with plan to propose what they feel is a more eco-friendly and aesthetically-pleasing option that doesn`t include the concrete blocks.  MSD just completed a similar project in Ladue.