Speakers from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will present an informational session Monday, March 20, to explain the importance of the study of total maximum daily load (TMDL) in rivers.

The session is scheduled 2:30-4:30 p.m. at Algoma City Hall, 406 Fremont St., and is hosted by state Rep. Joel Kitchens, R-Sturgeon Bay.

“TMDL studies are an important step in cleaning our rivers,” Kitchens said in announcing the gathering. “By pinpointing the amounts and sources of total phosphorous (TP) and total suspended solids (TSS), we can implement strategies and qualify for grant funding to clean our waterways. What began with the effort by myself and the Friends of Crescent Beach to have a TMDL study done for the Ahnapee River has expanded into a proposal to study all of the tributaries of Lake Michigan in Kewaunee, Manitowoc and Sheboygan counties.”

Brian Weigel, chief of water evaluation at the Water Quality Bureau, and Kevin Kirsch, statewide TMDL coordinator, have been recruited to make the presentation.

Rep. Joel Kitchens

Rep. Joel Kitchens

“Everyone wants and deserves clean and safe resources in our area,” Kitchens said. “This is especially true of our rivers, which flow into Lake Michigan and allegedly contributes to algae blooms and excessive sedimentation. It is vital that we preserve and protect our beautiful natural resources which attract high numbers of tourists each year.”

Kitchens said he’s gotten “encouraging responses from my colleagues in the Assembly and conservation, sport fishing and farm groups” in reaction to his proposal to conduct TMDL studies in the three-county area.

“It is our hope that we can return the rivers of Kewaunee County to the clean trout streams that they once were,” Kitchens said.

“I look forward to seeing all interested parties at the session as we discuss our area’s precious natural resources.”


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