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Dane County lakes added to 'impaired waters' list

Posted: Saturday, December 14, 2013 --- 7:57 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state is adding Dane county's chain of lakes to its list of "impaired waters" because of pollution from surrounding farmland that has caused excessive weed growth and foul-smelling algae blooms.

A Wisconsin State Journal report (http://bit.ly/1bFuKZa ) says the lakes are four Yahara lakes -- Mendota, Monona, Waubesa and Kegonsa. The level of phosphorus in each lake exceeds standards that were established in 2010.

Some county officials say the "impaired" designation isn't necessary. Melissa Malott, a spokeswoman to executive assistant to County Executive Joe Parisi, say it will just bring negative attention.

But others say the listing could help increase the urgency to stem manure runoff from farm fields, a key culprit in phosphorus pollution.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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