Wisconsin report outlines pollution threats to Green Bay

Posted Friday, February 21, 2014 --- 10:47 p.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- A new report gives state officials low marks for their lack of control over agricultural and industrial pollution that pose threats to Green Bay.

University of Wisconsin System researchers released the State of the Bay report Thursday, saying problems with high phosphorous levels stem from a lack of state help in controlling runoff pollution and other hazards.

Press-Gazette Media reports the results come in part from more than 7,000 water samples from the area. The bay already contains an area of low oxygen where fish and plants are unable to survive. This is commonly called a dead zone.

Researchers say they hope the findings will prompt state officials to work with farmers and industrial leaders to control the pollution.

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