Wis. DNR Wants input on New Impaired Waters List

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- State water officials are looking for public comment on their new impaired waters list.

The Department of Natural Resources has proposed adding 32 waters to the list because they exceed standards for pollutants and contaminants such as phosphorus and mercury. The agency plans to add additional pollutants for 19 waters already on the list. In 18 of those cases phosphorus exceeded standards.

The DNR also has proposed removing 25 lakes, beaches and rivers from the list because water quality has improved.

The list of waters being added and removed is available on the DNR website. Comments can be submitted via email to DNRImpairedWaters(at)wisconsin.gov through Feb. 20.

The list also will be featured in an agency webcast set for 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 5.

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