“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.