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Development And Conservation Along Kansas City's 'Invisible' Blue River Watershed

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Cody Newill
Volunteers work to clean up the Blue River in 2015. The watershed is home to about half a million people, covering roughly 270 square miles.

In most parts of the Kansas City area you don’t have to go far to spend time in nature. But growth and economics can often rise to challenge those green public spaces.

One such area feeling that tension recently is the Blue River watershed, straddling the Kansas-Missouri state line.

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