The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is working with NEW Water to address the culprit of the Dead Zone: Phosphorus - from residents, industry, agriculture, and wastewater treatment - runs off the land into the Fox River, the Bay and all waterways, creating algae blooms, which deplete water of oxgyen, creating a 'Dead Zone.' 'Adaptive Management' is a community-wide effort to find a solution.
"A community-wide solution is needed to clean our water," said Bill Hafs, Environmental Programs Director for NEW Water. "We're trying to prevent unnecessary costs from being passed along to our ratepayers." To remove phosphorus, NEW Water would need to build a new facility - to the tune of an estimated $330 million. Adaptive management is both a more cost-effective and sustainable approach.
Green Bay's Dead Zone In National News
Tracy Valenta, NEW Water's Water Resources Specialist, presented on a nationally broadcast webinar about Green Bay's "Dead Zone." The zone is described as being dead due to the low levels of oxygen in the water - that few if any fish can survive. "The fishery is at stake here," Valenta said. Valenta is the Captain of NEW Water's Ambient Water Quality Monitoring Program and Workboat- the most extensive currently operated water quality monitoring effort in the northeast Wisconsin region.
Below is the link to the news coverage of Valenta's presentation covered by Wall Street Journal. http://online.wsj.com/article/AP64074c4f49e54541a039fd1a417e812a.html