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TROUTDALE, WA—On the waterfront and on hillsides, expect development to become much more difficult, if not impossible. The city is mulling tougher rules that would further protect rivers and creeks from the type of damage that recently brought the city’s main waterway publicity as the nation’s latest Superfund site.

The tougher standards would be in lock-step with the region-wide effort to protect Portland waterways. Metro, the regional government, has required cities to wrap their waterways with strips of largely undeveloped land. Pre-existing structures could stay, but the proposed rules would prohibit most future development.

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