MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin environmental officials want to add 192 new water bodies to the state’s impaired waters list.
Department of Natural Resources officials say most of Wisconsin’s new water bodies exceed phosphorus limits. Some of the water bodies already are on the impaired waters list for other pollutants such as mercury. DNR officials say they’re not sure how many bodies would be on the list more than once, however.
The agency also wants to remove 13 waters from the list based on improving fish habitat and declining E. coli concentrations and mercury levels in fish.
Overall the list would grow to 856 water bodies. The DNR will take public comments on the proposed list through March 6.