GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin farmers are being asked to participate in studies aimed at reducing phosphorus runoff into Green Bay.
Scientists say phosphorus is the cause of a growing dead zone found in the bay. Water in that area does not contain enough oxygen to support fish and other living organisms.
Press-Gazette Media reports the situation is reversible, but it could take decades to fix.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Great Lakes Commission are funding a $1 million, five-year project in which a handful of farmers will experiment with techniques to reduce phosphorus runoff. Other farmers will be able to see how well those methods work.
The Green Bay sewerage district and Oneida Tribe of Indians are starting a second project aimed at identifying the most cost-effective way of reducing phosphorus.
Information from: Press-Gazette Media, http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com