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Dane County announces manure management program

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MADISON (WKOW) --  Dane County is working with farmers to help reduce the amount of phosphorus entering our lakes.

The county will give farmers $500,000 in grants and low-interest loans, to help them develop more manure storage. The goal is to prevent the need for winter manure spreading, and reduce phosphorus levels in area lakes.   

"If we are going to tell someone they can't spread in the winter, we also have to work with them to provide a viable alternative to spreading," Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said.

Winter manure spreading can make up 50 percent of the phosphorus entering county lakes between February and March. Phosphorus is the main cause of smelly algae blooms we see in summer months on some area lakes.

"Where we run into challenges, is when we have long cold winters where the conditions are not optimal for spreading manure," Parisi said. "If we end up spreading manure on fields in the winter, often we get heavy rains in early spring, we get a lot of run off."

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