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Simple Answers Are Wrong, Illinois River Study Finds

Posted: March 15, 2014 at 5 a.m.

FILE PHOTO FLIP PUTTHOFF Scott Hodge, left, Siloam Springs parks and recreation manager, and David Vansandt with the city’s parks advisory board, have a look at the whitewater park being built on the Illinois River on the south edge of Siloam Springs. A new U.S. Geological Survey study says whether a stream in the river’s watershed is healthy depends on more than whether there’s a poultry farm.

Whether a stream in the Illinois River watershed is healthy depends on more than whether there's a poultry farm, cattle ranch or waste water treatment plant nearby, according to a recently released study by the U.S. Geological Survey.

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A recent study by the U.S. Geological Survey on 18 sites in the Illinois River watershed is available for internet download at http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/sir20145009.

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