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Aug. 17, 2011MARYVILLE, MO |  By: Wayman

EPA Water Regulations

The environmental protection agency upgrades the water quality standards for nearly 250 of Missouri's lakes and streams.

In our region, the federal use designations for most bodies of water remain the same. The federal decision designates some lakes as whole body contact, which increases the standards of cleanliness to support aquatic life and whole body contact recreational use. EPA regional 7 chief of water quality management John DeLashmit says this should make those using Missouri's water safer.

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Even though the new standards didn't change for our lakes and streams, the federal government has now officially accepted some lake names changes, such as Sugar lake in Buchanan county to Lewis and Clark Lake the King City Lake to the king City new and old reservoirs, and the Jamesport reservoir to the Jamesport City Lake.