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Millions of dollars riding on water quality in the Midwest


Cedar Rapids Gazette: Two tourism directors 700 miles apart, one in Iowa and one in Ohio, use the same word when describing the effect a swimming ban caused by water pollution would have on their lakeside vacation communities: devastating. For Rebecca Peters, Okoboji tourism director, it’s hypothetical because the northwestern Iowa region generates nearly $290 million a year as people flock to the lakes known for their clean water.

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