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EPA, Spingfield's CWLP encouraging farmers to keep soil out of lake

At the edge of corn and soybean fields that Lee Curby farms in Glenarm, a pipe empties water into a creek that cuts between some trees.
When Curby’s grandfather farmed the land in the 1960s, there was a pond where the trees and plants grow now, he said. A couple feet of red clay that used to form the bottom of the pond rise up from the creek bed, and another few feet of rich, black dirt sit on top.
Heavy spring rain and farming techniques such as tilling over the last few decades have washed that black dirt from the fields, Curby said.
“That’s probably what the bottom of Lake Springfield looks like,” he said, half joking.
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