Sunday , 25 September 2016

RIBBLE JOINS PUSH TO CURB RUNOFF POLLUTION IN GREEN BAY, GREAT LAKES

– It can be easy to forget that Green Bay isn’t just a city — it’s also a body of water, one that’s growing increasingly polluted. “There’s been a growing dead zone inside the bay of Green Bay,” said U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble, who represents the congressional district that encompasses Green Bay. “We’re getting enough algae growing into, in the bay, that it literally kills virtually everything growing there.” One of the biggest factors contributing to the widespread growth of algae in Green Bay, as well as in adjoining waters, is agricultural runoff. To help address that problem, Ribble is co-sponsoring the Great Lakes Assurance Program Verification Act of 2015.He said the legislation would channel $30 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture funding to state agencies, “to provide both technical and financial assistance to work on this issue” — not just for Green Bay, but the entire Great Lakes Basin. http://www.wpr.org/ribble-joins-push-curb-runoff-pollution-green-bay-great-lakes

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