Polluted runoff is Wisconsin’s number one water quality problem, degrading or threatening an estimated 90% of inland lakes. Extra phosphorus can wash into our lakes and streams from lawns, farm fields, stormwater and construction sites, roads and other hard surfaces, causing algae blooms, water quality decline, and negative impacts on recreational lake use and lakeshore property values. Phosphorus is the main nutrient that drives eutrophication in most lakes.
The Wisconsin Association of Lakes supports increased funding to implement polluted runoff programs and other policy initiatives that will reduce polluted runoff from agricultural and urban sources. The Association has had several recent successes making substantial change to Wisconsin Law.
The “Clean Lakes bill” (AB 3) passed in the 2009-2010 legislative session which creates a statewide law regulating phosphorus in lawn fertilizer and will prohibit the display, sale, and use of lawn fertilizer containing phosphorus. On May 27th, 2009, a bill (AB-281) was introduced that would reduce one of the most common causes of pollution: phosphorus in household products. Several other changes attempting to reduce phosphorus in Wisconsin lakes have recently happened, read more about the Wisconsin Lake Association polluted runoff polices by following the link. (Read More)