Dane County purchasing 160-acre farm

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(WKOW) — An historic purchase will help Dane County prevent future flooding.

The county is buying a 160-acre farm just north of the Pheasant Branch Conservancy outside of Middleton and adding it to the natural area.

County Executive Joe Parisi says the land will eventually be turned into a prairie, which will help retain water instead of letting it rain into other areas.

“When we look at all of the efforts that we’ve undertaken in order to keep water where it lands, to slow down the runoff of that water into the watershed, so we can reduce flooding, this is the exact type of project that is so important,” Parisi said.

The county is spending nearly $10 million for the property. It’s the largest purchase of its kind.

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