WASHINGTON -- Congress will require municipalities to pay for billions of dollars more of environmental cleanup projects next year as it tries to stretch scarce federal funds, and it may look to the bond market more than ever before for help, congressional aides say.

"We want to get the most bang for the buck," since the ever-growing federal deficit will prevent Congress from putting significantly more money into water cleanup programs, said John Doyle, chief of staff of the House Public Works and Transportation Committee, at a clean water conference last month.

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