Legislation at the state capitol restricting phosphorous in fertilizer passes one hurdle.
The measure aims to protect Wisconsin lakes from algae blooms, so says Dan Kohler, Wisconsin Environment Director. He explains the legislation restricts phosphorous as a nutrient in lawn fertilizer.
"That's critical to do because it's the nutrients from phosphorous, especially in lawn fertilizer, that is ending up in our lakes and causing some of the really nasty algae blooms that are choking our beaches and best fishing spots."
Assembly Bill 3 is supported by numerous environmental and conservation groups. The state Assembly unanimously passes the bill, which Kohler calls "a victory for our treasured lakes."
"The good news is that actually most soil in Wisconsin has more than enough phosphorous in it naturally so that we don't actually need additional phosphorous to grow healthy lawns at residences or golf courses."
A similar measure will be discussed in the state Senate.