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Madison group prevents 62,000 pounds of phosphorus from entering local waters

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Published: Jul. 21, 2021 at 3:51 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The Yahara Watershed Improvement Network, along with local partners, prevented 61,823 pounds of phosphorus from entering local water bodies in 2020.

The project is part of an ongoing effort to reduce algae blooms and other water quality issues caused by excessive phosphorus in waterways.

“Yahara WINS is an innovative approach to keeping phosphorus on the land and out of our waterways,” says Yahara WINS president Martye Griffin. “We are still early in this 20-year project, but these early wins show that we are on the right track to making a difference in the quality of our local waters.”

Through Yahara WINS, as well as other projects such as the Suck the Muck project and conservation land acquisition, Dane County reported a phosphorus reduction of over 20,000 pounds.

The program’s fourth full year of implementation exceeded it’s reduction goal, with the group noting 2020 was the highest annual phosphorus reduction to date.

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