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“Suck the Muck” initiative aims to clean up Dane County lakes

DANE COUNTY (WKOW) — Dane County officials are continuing their efforts to clean out the local lakes.

The second phase of the county’s $12 million initiative called “Suck the Muck” kicked off Tuesday at Token Creek.

The project aims to remove almost 20 thousand tons of sediment and phosphorous out of streams like Token.

According to Dane County Executive Joe Parisi, that “muck” in the steams can then enter into the lakes and cause algae blooms. Those blooms are the reason the lakes and beaches are green or slimy.

Some of the sediment found in the county’s streams could be up to 125 years old so officials said the county is due for a clean-up.

“Everything we do on the land actually ends up in the lakes,” said James Tye, executive director of the Clean Lakes Alliance. “The lakes are the beating heart of our community and we will live and die on how healthy that heart is.”

The kick-off for this event happened at the Yahara Lakes 101 event, which is a monthly lecture series aimed at teaching Dane County residents more about the issues impacting the local lakes.

Sara Maslar-Donar

Reporter, WKOW 27 News

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