Wednesday , 28 September 2016

AS WATER QUALITY WORRIES GROW, WISCONSIN PLOTS STRATEGY ON PHOSPHORUS

As worries grow over pollutants that foul lakes and rivers with oxygen-depleting algae, two state agencies plan to roll out new strategies in early 2015 to combat the problem. The departments of agriculture and natural resources have been meeting since early summer on ways the two regulating agencies can control a key pollutant, phosphorus, that washes off streets and farm fields. Nutrient pollution is getting closer scrutiny, fueled by factors such as widespread algae blooms and worries about manure pollution. Matt Moroney, deputy secretary of the Department of Natural Resources, said Thursday that the agencies would announce plans in January or February aimed at slowing the flow of phosphorus that turns lakes green and has contributed to a “dead zone” in Green Bay. He declined to provide details, or whether the departments will seek stricter controls, for example, on manure spreading. Moroney said some changes would require approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/as-water-quality-worries-grow-state-plots-strategy-on-phosphorus-b99363494z1-278081901.html

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