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EPA APPROVES WISCONSIN’S PHOSPHORUS PROGRAM

Release Date: 07/25/2012
Contact Information: Phillippa Cannon, 312-353-6218, cannon.phillippa@epa.gov

Chicago (July 25, 2012) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved Wisconsin’s program to reduce phosphorus levels in the Great Lakes and Wisconsin's inland waters.

"EPA and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources are working together to improve water quality by reducing phosphorus levels," said Regional Administrator/ Great Lakes National Program Manager Susan Hedman. "This will reduce harmful algal blooms and ensure oxygen levels support fish and other aquatic life."

Wisconsin's program allows permit holders to meet phosphorus discharge requirements through partnership arrangements with others who release phosphorus. Permit holders can make such arrangements to achieve phosphorus reductions more economically. This allows communities and other permit holders to save money while still ensuring overall phosphorus levels are reduced in the watershed.

More information is available on EPA’s Website: http://www.epa.gov/region5/newsevents/.