NEW Water - The brand of the Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District - 2018 Annual Report - Page 8



Understanding
Our Water
Waterways in Green Bay have served as a workhorse for the economic
development of the community, from “wet” industries that capitalize on area
waters, to the rivers serving as transportation hubs. In recent years, great
strides have been taken to mitigate the accompanying industrial water
pollution; however, nonpoint pollution coming from runoff has provided
excess phosphorus and sediment loadings, which have led to a “dead zone”
in the Bay, devoid of oxygen. Cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, thrives in
these conditions. Each summer, this bacteria, which resembles “pea soup,”
appears in area waters.
In 2018, NEW Water’s Aquatic Monitoring Program (AMP) continued
participation on a study of cyanobacteria with the Wisconsin Department of
Natural Resources and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Zilber School
of Public Health. After the City of Green Bay announced plans to open a
swimming beach, NEW Water submitted a white paper on the ongoing study
(www.newwater.us/amp). Owing to Green Bay’s excessive cyanobacteria, and
to the well-established monitoring program, in 2018, the National Aeronautics
and Space Administration (NASA) contacted NEW Water to initiate a
partnership to advance the scientific knowledge of this phenomenon, through
deployment of equipment to monitor water color from space.
Photos, top to bottom: Sarah Bartlett (Water Resources Specialist); Ben
Young (Watershed Department); Rick Reetz (E&I Technician), Brian Shikoski
(E&I Technician) ensure the Bay Guardian is operating properly; NEW Water
monitoring station identified for the NASA partnership. Photo by Ben Young,
who is a certified Federal Aviation Administration drone pilot.
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Aquatic Monitoring Program

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