GALENA, Mo. -- Attorney General Chris Koster sued two developers for polluting Table Rock Lake in Stone County. The lawsuit charges the defendants with violations of Missouri's Clean Water Law. A federal grand jury also indicted the developers for the pollution last summer.
Koster said James Shirato, owner of Indian Ridge Resort, and Donald Snider, managing member of North Shore Investments, planned a $1.6 billion, 850-acre development near Branson West less than a mile upstream of Table Rock Lake. The development, known as Indian Ridge Resort, was to include hundreds of homes, condominiums, an eight-story hotel, water park, golf course, conference center, and retail shopping and restaurants.
The groundbreaking for the project was in 2005. Koster said no work has taken place at the site since August 2008 when the developers' bank failed and was taken over by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Since then, with each rainfall, sediment is washing from the cleared areas into erosion channels and then into Table Rock Lake.