The rules approved by the board address both point and non-point sources of pollution, and establish a numerical water quality standards for phosphorous.
According to the WNDR, Wisconsin will also become the first state to put in place an adaptive management approach that promotes cooperation among point (end-of-pipe or stack) and non-point (run-off) pollution sources to find the most cost-effective means to reduce phosphorus and other pollutants.
These rules also address Wisconsin law that requires the WDNR to partner with the agriculture community and provide cost-sharing dollars. Under this provision, the DNR will provide up to 70% to share the farmers’ costs of implementing non-point pollution controls to meet the standards.
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