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Field Seeding to Cut Down on Pollution
A new partnership between Dane County and local farm families could help keep pollutants such as phosphorus out of the lakes.

One pound of phosphorus can result in 500 pounds of algae. So if Dane County can reduce the amount of phosphorus entering the lakes through the watershed by 820 pounds, well that is a lot of algae. That is the plan anyways with a new program that will pay farmers $40 per acre to plant winter rye seed over the corn crop so the rye can grow after the corn harvest, keeping a field full of vegetation.

The vegetation will keep snow melt and rain runoff from flowing into the Yahara Lakes Watershed reducing the amount of phosphorus entering area lakes.

 
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Lake Hopatcong Weed Harvesting Haul Nearly Triples from Last Year - Dan Bello, who is supervising the weed control program for the state park, told the Lake Hopatcong Commission on July 21 that the weed harvesters on Lake Hopatcong brought in 800 tons of weeds between June 6 and July 18. According to Bello, that averages about 27 cubic yards a day. In comparison, last year only about 270 tons of weeds were harvested by July 18.


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