Selecting Management Actions for the Eutrophication BUI in the Lower Green Bay Fox River AOC

Purpose

This project is in support of the Lower Green Bay Fox River AOC and the stakeholder meetings will be held in the greater Green Bay area. Wisconsin DNR's Office of Great Waters (OGW) has undertaken an effort with local stakeholders and USEPA's Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO) to chart a path for addressing the Eutrophication or Undesireable Algae beneficial use impairment (BUI). This BUI is challenging in terms of defining management actions since the AOC program focuses on defined geographic areas and legacy pollutants while the sources of impairment are on-going contributions of nutrients and sediments from a very large watershed area (the Fox-Wolf Basin). Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) is contracted to facilitate this project.

Objective

To support the stakeholder and agency discussions, OGW proposes to contract with a facilitator to design and facilitate a two-year process that will lead to a final delisting target and list of AOC management actions for the Eutrophication or Undesirable Algae BUI. The facilitator will work closely with a steering committee that will be comprised of DNR staff and potentially EPA staff and/or selected members of the stakeholder group. We anticipate hosting approximately 10 stakeholder meetings, each up to three hours in length, by the end of November 2018. These meetings will be supplemented by additional planning and debriefing meetings with the steering committee.

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