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Hidden Streambed Phosphorus Key to Lake Cleanup
Millions of dollars have been spent to reduce the amount of nutrient-laden soil that runs off farm fields into Dane County waterways, where it creates masses of weeds, algae and bacteria.

Why then aren’t the lakes getting cleaner? A growing body of research points to tons of fertilizer-rich muck that began piling up in stream beds long before recent conservation programs began.

A county study found that even if no additional nutrients washed off the farm fields — something nobody expects — stream bottoms by themselves for the next 60 years would ooze phosphorus into the lakes at levels exceeding the maximum now allowed under state law.



 
 


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