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Southwest Missouri Receives Federal Funding for Water Quality Project


U.S. Senators Jim Talent and Kit Bond were in Springfield today to announce that Southwest Missouri will receive $10 million in federal funding for a water quality improvement project. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

THE MONEY WILL BE SENT TO A NON-PROFIT GROUP BASED IN JEFFERSON CITY, THE ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES COALITION.

STEVEN TAYLOR IS THE C-E-O OF THE COALITION.

HE SAYS HE WILL BE COORDINATING SOUTHWEST MISSOURI WATER QUALITY GROUPS AS THEY ENGAGE IN WATER TESTING, DATA COLLECTION AND THE IMPLEMENTATION OF WATER IMPROVEMENT MEASURES.

IT'S UNCLEAR RIGHT NOW EXACTLY HOW THE MONEY WILL BE SPENT AND WHAT WILL BE DONE TO IMPROVE WATER QUALITY.

TAYLOR SAYS IT WILL BE UP TO AN ADVISORY COMMITTEE MADE OF LOCAL WATER QUALITY ADVOCATES TO MEET AND DECIDE WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE.

SENATOR JIM TALENT SAYS THE GROUP WILL BE WORKING TO GET A BETTER HANDLE ON WATER QUALITY PROBLEMS IN SOUTHWEST MISSOURI.

AND CONTRARY TO WHAT YOU MIGHT THINK, SOME ADVOCATES SAY THE IMPROVEMENTS IN WATER QUALITY COULD HAPPEN RATHER QUICKLY.

FLOYD GILZOW IS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE UPPER WHITE RIVER BASIN FOUNDATION.

HE SAYS HE EXPECTS DRAMATIC CHANGES.

THE TEN MILLION DOLLARS IN FEDERAL FUNDING WILL COME TO THE STATE INCREMENTALLY OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.