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Last modified: Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Troubled waters -- Study: 30% of water in state streams too dirty

Indianapolis Star
April 10

Troubled Waters
Study: 30 percent of water in state streams is too dirty to fish and/or swim in; waterways on list tripled since '02, but better monitoring may be why

Whether fouled by bacteria from sewer overflows and farm runoff or contaminated with PCBs and mercury, 1,600 Indiana streams and lakes are too polluted for fishing or swimming, says a new report. Lenore Tedesco, director of the Center for Earth and Environmental Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, is quoted at length in this story. She is working on a project to improve the 162-square-mile Eagle Creek watershed. "We need to change the way we think about our stream systems; they're not toilet bowls," she says.

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