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New water standards for area’s towns require more money

Southeast Missouri towns big and small face compliance issues after federal agencies approved stricter water-quality regulations that took effect this year.

Concerns about wildlife prompted the Missouri Clean Water Commission to approve new rules that would strengthen protection for rivers, streams and lakes. The change came after more than a decade of warnings from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to update water quality standards. EPA approval also was required as the state made the revisions.

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