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Bronson's controversial enviro view

Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson suggested to a House comittee yesterday that water managers erred last summer when they bowed to environmentalists and opposed the back-pumping of water from farm retention ponds to boost lake levels. Environmentalists warned that the farm water may have contained phosphorus-laden pollutants.

''But that water had much less phosphorus in it than the lake has,'' he said. ``We missed an opportunity.''

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