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Officials Concerned About Lake Shawnee Water Quality


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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Shawnee County Commission has voted to support an initiative aimed at improving the water quality at Lake Shawnee. The commissioners heard testimony from area health and environment officials who said Lake Shawnee has a water quality problem that could lead to limitations being placed on its use for recreation. County parks director Terry Bertels said tests show the lake consistently exceeds EPA standards for nutrients and pollutants. The commission then voted to express support for an initiative being undertaken to improve the lake's water quality. Bertels said the initiative is being financed by a $20,000 grant from the federal Environmental Protection Agency. He said partners in the water quality initiative will develop a management plan targeted at improving the lake's water quality.

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