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Dane County embarks on ‘suck the muck’ project to clean up lakes

Some places are easier to vacuum than others. On Tuesday, Dane County announced a new project, deemed"suck the muck," which calls for spending $12 million to slurp up phosphorus from 33 miles of streams leading into Lake Mendota. Local officials say the work will remove 870,000 pounds of phosphorus from waterways. The chemical is commonly blamed for the algae blossoms that can foul waterways.

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