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COPY-Tenn. budget cuts could affect summer pool plans

Associated Press - February 1, 2011 11:45 AM ET

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee's budget woes could affect your swimming plans this summer.

The state Department of Environment and Conservation's efforts to cut spending include closing six seasonal swimming pools at state parks. The move would save nearly $200,000 and would eliminate 20 seasonal jobs.

Commissioner Bob Martineau is proposing to replace those pools with splash pools that would be cheaper to maintain and would not require lifeguards.

Martineau told Republican Gov. Bill Haslam at budget hearings Tuesday that other potential cuts include eliminating 28 positions in the state's groundwater protection program, including 14 currently filled jobs.

The commissioner said most of the workers are involved in processing sewage permits, which have declined because of the downturn in new construction.

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