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Wisconsin officials open up new runoff rules to public

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin environmental officials are looking for thoughts on new pollution runoff rules.

According to the Department of Natural Resources, the changes are designed to reduce pollutants that run off urban areas and farm fields into state waters. The plan would mark the first updates to the state’s runoff rules since 2002.

Key provisions include limits on phosphorus that comes off farm fields, a ban on plowing within 20 feet of lakes and streams and a 40 percent reduction in pollutants in municipal storm water by 2013.

The DNR has scheduled multiple public hearings around the state on the rules through the end of February.

View a list of public hearing locations

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