For years, the Club's Missouri Chapter has been fighting an Army Corps of Engineers "super levee" designed to allow development and additional building in a floodplain across from Jefferson City, the state capital. Each new levee requires higher levees elsewhere on the river, collectively causing flood levels to rise because they prevent floodwater from spreading out over bottomlands. In 2003, the Sierra Club, represented by the Great Rivers Environmental Law Center, sued to block the super levee, and this May a federal judge ruled that the Corps wrote a defective Environmental Assessment that failed to evaluate the effects of the proposed levee along other parts of the Missouri River. The decision is significant, says Great Rivers attorney Bruce Morrison (above), because it is one of the first times the corps has been ordered to consider whether building levees would increase flooding and damage along parts of rivers not protected by them. "We've fought this since 1998, when it was first proposed," says Sierra Club Water Sentinels Director Scott Dye. "Now there's blood in the water around this ill-advised plan, and we intend to finish it off."