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Beardstown Pleas for Federal Water Quality Bill

Beardstown, IL – Beardstown's city council is urging the Senate to pass the Water Quality Bill of 2005. Mayor Bob Walters sayss the bill contains a provision that would require the Corps of Engineers to keep a channel dredged to the town's silted-in marina. When the Corps moved the mouth of the Sangamon River eight miles closer to town, cropland silt has filled in the bay that was a wildlife habitat. it also is silting in the town's riverfront. Walters says the economic impact on the town has been devastating. He says the US House has passed the bill, but administration opposition has kept it bottled up in the Senate.