US EPA has approved the program in Wisconsin to control the discharge of phosphorus to surface waters. Wisconsin adopted the new subchapter, Wisconsin Administrative Code Chapter NR 217, Subtitle III, “Water Quality Based Effluent Limitations for Phosphorus,” in 2010, but EPA did not approve it until July 25, 2012.

Wisconsin’s program will allow permit holders (such as publicly owned treatment works, or POTW) to meet phosphorus discharge requirements through partnership arrangements with others who release phosphorus. Permit holders can make such arrangements to achieve phosphorus reductions more economically. This will allow communities and other permit holders to save money while still ensuring overall phosphorus levels are reduced in the watershed.

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