The Politics of Phosphorus Citizens' SummitRiver Alliance held “The Politics of Phosphorus Citizens’ Summit” in November, 2009. The day was a crash-course in all things phosphorus (the nutrient with the dubious distinction of being responsible for a large amount of surface-water pollution in Wisconsin), featuring topics such as the life cycle and sources of phosphorus, the effects of toxic blue-green algae blooms, the difficulties in controlling phosphorus runoff (nonpoint-source pollution), and the pending state regulations that will attempt to regulate phosphorus. An important piece of the event was hearing the inspiring work that is being done to combat phosphorus pollution and associated algae blooms on the local level by watershed/lake groups, such as Centerville CARES, the Petenwell and Castle Rock Stewards, and the Tainter-Menomin Lake Improvement Association.
The event concluded with a brainstorming session where participants developed a list of actions that can be taken on the local and state levels to address this issue. For more information on the proceedings of the Politics of Phosphorus Citizens’ Summit, click the links (PDF) below.
Politics of Phosphorus Citizens’ Summit notes (PDF)
Buzz Sorge “Phosphorus 101” PowerPoint (PDF)
Elisabeth Harrahy, “Phosphorus 101: Blue-Green Algae” PowerPoint (PDF)
Russ Tooley, “Centerville CARES” PowerPoint (PDF)
Kelly Jacobs’ PowerPoint (PDF)
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River Alliance wishes to thank all participants, from presenters to attendees, for making this event a success.