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Phosphorous bill introduced by Green Bay Sen. Robert Cowles


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - One area lawmaker is looking to cut down on the amount of phosphorous in our drinking water.

Green Bay Senator Robert Cowles says his bill offers a new compliance option in addition to the existing options in order for water utilities, manufacturers and small farms.

“Our goal in introducing this legislation is to clean up our valuable waterways by greatly reducing their phosphorus content while still being mindful of water utility ratepayers and Wisconsin manufacturers’ need to remain competitive in a global marketplace,” said Cowles. "It will offer a new compliance option in addition to the existing options in order for water utilities and manufacturers to meet Wisconsin’s strict phosphorus discharge standards."

Cowles says the bill allows the multi-discharger variance concept to be utilized in Wisconsin. The new option offered will allow water utilities and manufacturers to provide significant monetary support for reductions in agricultural phosphorus discharges, which constitutes a majority of phosphorus in our waters.

It will require approval by the federal Environmental Protection Agency before it can be offered to dischargers in Wisconsin.


The bill is co-sponsored by Pewaukee Republican Paul Farrow and Clinton Republican Amy Loudenbeck.