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New studies aim to liven-up Bay of Green Bay dead zone

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - New studies are being planned to try and liven-up a growing dead zone in the Bay of Green Bay.  

The Great Lakes Commission and the U.S. Agriculture Department are spearheading a $1 million experiment to provide oxygen that's currently lacking in the dead zone.  

A second project is headed by the Green Bay sewerage district's NEW Water program and the Oneida Indian tribe. They'll test various methods for reducing phosphorus runoff.  

High phosphorus levels are blamed for the dead water, in which there's not enough oxygen to keep fish and other local organisms alive.

Experts say the problem can be corrected -- but it might take a couple decades.  

For years, farms have been required to have plans to reduce their runoff into the bay. Various techniques will start being tested this spring. The studies will deal with the impact on area farms.  

Bill Hafs of the NEW Water program says farms are responsible for over half the phosphorus placed into lower Green Bay and the adjoining Fox River.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)