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Dane County awards grants to five projects that would help keep trash out of area lakes

November 4, 2016 GMT

In an effort to further clean up Dane County’s lakes, five grants were awarded Thursday totaling $1.2 million to construct basins that will prevent trash from entering area waterways.

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced projects in the Town of Middleton, Fitchburg and Madison that would help to clean up urban runoff pollution will receive a total of $1,289,250 in funding from the county.

“Our lakes, rivers, and streams are incredibly valuable resources and an integral part of our economy and quality of life,” Parisi said. “By working together with local communities we are able get more done and stop more pollutants from getting into our waters.”

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The grants help communities create storm water management facilities, which are basins that capture trash and debris containing phosphorus, such as yard or pet waste. Phosphorus is largely responsible for causing algae growth in area lakes, according to the county.

The county’s grant program began in 2005, and has since helped fund 53 projects totaling more than $10 million. The county estimates that these grants have prevented the flow of more than half a million pounds of garbage and pollutants into lakes.

The projects that are receiving funding include the Town of Middleton’s Hickory Woods Basin, Fitchburg’s Byrne Pond Bioretention, and Manitou Pond Pretreatment, Starkweather Creek and Willow Creek, all in Madison.

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