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||MMSD, in collaboration with over 30 partners, is pioneering a new regulatory approach to address phosphorus called Watershed Adaptive Management. Excessive levels of phosphorus can impact the quality of rivers, streams and lakes. In watershed adaptive management, all sources of phosphorus work together to implement cost effective phosphorus reduction practices.
This collaborative effort is called Yahara WINs (Watershed Improvement Network). It is the first project in the State of Wisconsin, and nationally, to test the adaptive management concept. Yahara WINs participants have agreed to conduct an adaptive management pilot project before moving to full implementation in the Yahara River Watershed. The pilot project is being conducted in the Sixmile Creek Subwatershed, which is located northwest of Lake Mendota.