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Report: vast majority of lakes supporting fishing and swimming

Volunteers, technology, help deliver clearer picture of water quality in Wisconsin waters

11:41 AM, May 7, 2014
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A dedicated corps of citizen volunteers and improvements in databases and technology have enabled Wisconsin to check the health of more lakes than ever before, with more than two-thirds of the assessed lakes and rivers found to support the fishing and swimming they should be able to support, a newly released report shows.

"Thanks to the hard work and innovation by our staff, scientific partners and citizen volunteers, we have a clearer picture than ever of the health of Wisconsin's waters," says Susan Sylvester, who leads DNR's water quality programs.

"There is good news: most of the waters ...

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