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About 60 people gathered Springfield for a Water Quality Summit. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.
About 60 people gathered at Bass Pro Shops in Springfield today for a Water Quality Summit.
U-S Senators Jim Talent and Kit Bond spoke to the group.
Nearly one year ago, they announced the creation of the Water Quality Improvement Project and since then, they've secured 4 million dollars in federal funds for the project.
With one of the Bass Pro Shops waterfalls churning nearby, Senator Jim Talent said ensuring water quality is vital to the economy in Southwest Missouri.
It's ideal because the senators say local clean water advocates initiated it.
Senator Kit Bond says the infusion of federal money and the creation of this project are helping coordinate local clean water efforts.
The federal money is helping fund the Ozarks Environmental and Water Resources Institute at SMS.
Jim Talent says the institute will play a vital role locally and nationally.
Part of the federal money will fund a study to find out what information about water quality in the Ozarks is missing.
David Casaletto is Executive Director of Table Rock Lake Water Quality, Incorporated