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Cattle, humans both help taint wells in Wisconsin’s Kewaunee County – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Toxic Algae Plagues Central Wisconsin Lakes – Wisconsin Rapids Tribune – wisconsinrapidstribune.com

ROME – Tom Koren sees a lot of green around his restaurant on Lake Petenwell’s Barnum Bay, and that isn’t a metaphor for money.

It’s literal — as in putrid, pea-soup-green algae.

“It’s terrible,” said Koren, who owns Lure Bar and Grill with his wife, Joan. “It’s a great loss of business. People come and they won’t use the beach because it turns all green. They won’t boat because it’s all green. It’s a great loss of revenue.”

Koren is among many central Wisconsin residents and property owners who have been battling nettlesome — and at times, dangerous — algae blooms this summer, according to health and environmental officials.

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