Walker’s view of Wisconsin’s future includes more manure, phosphorous in lakes

Do a simple Google search on Wisconsin lakes and you see this lovely description:

Wisconsin may be known for great Cheese and Beer, but we also have a State covered with amazing lakes. Most of our great lakes are located in Northern Wisconsin, which features the Minocqua Lakes, Hayward Lakes, Bayfield County Lakes and Door County Lakes. Wisconsin Lakes are prime for Walleye Fishing, Northern Pike Fishing and Bass Fishing. With incredible fishing lakes like: Lake Geneva, Castle Rock Lake, Lake Winnebago, Green Lake and the Great Lake Michigan, you are sure to catch your limit on these and most Wisconsin Lakes.


Ah yes! Wisconsin has many beautiful lakes that offer many opportunities to enjoy! You can bet that a lot of tourists come to Wisconsin to enjoy these lakes and provide the state with jobs in the tourist industry going back generations.

So what does Scott Walker want to do with these beautiful lakes?

Gov. Scott Walker’s budget bill proposal would roll back regulations designed to protect waterways from weed-producing phosphorus and other pollutants that wash from streets and construction sites.

The changes to water pollution rules – some of which were approved as recently as last summer – are coming under fire from environmentalists who say the existing regulations are needed to clean up lakes, rivers and streams.

Critics of Walker say his budget proposals also would unwittingly wipe out other pollution laws.


Phosphorus is a big component of manure, fertilizer and some industrial processes. It promotes algae growth and robs water of oxygen.

Last week, the International Joint Commission of Canada and the United States, in making a series of recommendations for the Great Lakes, said the role of phosphorus was a key concern in a resurgence of aquatic plant growth on the lakes.

Among other changes, Walker also wants to relax regulations affecting runoff pollution – manure, dirt, fertilizer and the oily grime of urban streets. Runoff pollution is considered Wisconsin’s leading source of water quality problems.


Perhaps in a couple years, biologists and other scientists will come to Wisconsin to study the four-headed frogs and three-headed Walleyes that can be plucked from the dying lakes.

Even the fish want to leave the state.


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