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Dangerous Algae Flourishes in Wisconsin
Wisconsin is not fully enforcing strict phosphorous limits adopted two years ago to reduce lake-algae booms that make people sick. 

In 2010, the state Legislature approved DNR regulations intended to cut down on the amount of phosphorous running into waterways, where it causes algae to grow thick enough to turn the water into green soup.  The regulations are aimed at wastewater treatment plants, paper mills, and factories - which are required to reapply for permits at five-year intervals.

Blue-green algae can sicken humans, causing respiratory problems, skin rashes, and cold or flu like symptoms.  During the last three years, 100 people have reported illnesses to the state Department of Public Health. 


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