Algae in Lake Tainter“People can’t wait to get out of town,” said Mike Pahl about the economic and social impact of lakes such as Lake Tainter, which is infested with blue-green algae. The cause of the algae is excess phosphorus runoff.   

To document how phosphorus affects our lakes, one Clean Wisconsin video features:

– Realtor Robyn Morin, who describes how the algae blooms reduce property values
– Residents like Peggy, who describes how the algae cause respiratory distress
– Johnson Motor’s Mike Pahl, who says that potential visitors don’t stay in town since the smell is “like being in the center of a hog farm” 

Clean Wisconsin is working with communities across the state to implement the recently passed phosphorus rules—since phosphorus pollution is the primary cause of toxic blue-green algae.


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