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Ahnapee River lone bright spot in TMDL data

Correction: The article implies that the readings were taken after the drawdown of the  millpond began. They actually wrapped up just beforehand in 2019. The results are still encouraging compared to those reported for other rivers in the Kewaunee Basin.


Earlier this month, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources gave its second presentation discussing the Northeast Lakeshore TMDL, which includes watersheds in Southern Door and Kewaunee Counties. The news was not good overall, especially as it pertains to phosphorous levels. There is too much of it in every stream and river sampled except for one, says Coordinator Kim Oldenborg.


Levels were tested above and below the Forestville millpond, which has been a contentious issue since the county began its drawdown plan last November. The goal of the drawdown was to help battle agricultural runoff, and the TMDL readings suggest it may be proving successful. Readings were taken after May 1st, considered the start of the growing season. Sediments and solids, along with other pollutants, were also measured. A link to the full data is here. A discussion of the issue by Kewaunee County Supervisor Chuck Wagner is below.



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