Phosphorus Pollution Of Red Cedar Basin To Be Discussed On The West Side

February 22, 2013

For Immediate Release
Contact: Rich Kremer

Phosphorus Reduction Plan for Red Cedar Basin to be Discussed on The West Side

This week The West Side will discuss a study conducted by the Department of Natural Resources to reduce excess nutrients like phosphorus in the Red Cedar River Basin. The study aiming to combat high levels of blue green algae in lakes Menomin and Tainter will be covered on Thursday, February 28 at 5 p.m. on 88.3 WHWC/ Menomonie-Eau Claire.

Host Rich Kremer will be joined by Paul La Liberte, the wastewater field supervisor for the Wisconsin Department of National Resources Western District, Julia Olmstead, the watershed council coordinator in the Red Cedar and St. Croix River Basins for UW-Extension and Dan Zerr, a regional natural resources educator for UW-Extension.

Topics include the sources of excess nutrients including agricultural runoff and plans for farmers to voluntarily reduce their non-point emissions leaching into Tainter Lake and Lake Menomin. Guests will offer their perspectives on the plan to improve water quality in the affected lakes.

High phosphorus levels invite algal blooms and excessive plant growth in affected lakes. Algal blooms can be dangerous to humans and pets, causing skin reactions, respiratory problems and even death if high levels are ingested.

The West Side is a call-in program focused on issues specific to western Wisconsin.  The show airs on Thursdays at 5 p.m. on 88.3 WHWC/ Menomonie-Eau Claire. Listeners may call in with questions and comments during the program at 1-800-228-5615.