NEW Water Annual Report 2016 - Page 6



Water Knows
No Boundaries
What if we banded together to improve water quality? At NEW Water, we believe
we can accomplish more if we do. That’s why we have branched out into the
watershed to forge partnerships to improve what’s happening on the land, so that
our area waters will be cleaner.
The Wisconsin snow melt each spring carries a heavy runoff of sediment and
phosphorus into the bay of Green Bay, leading to a “dead zone.” NEW Water has
convened partners for a pilot project to help stem the tide. In 2016, the second
year of the Silver Creek Adaptive Management Pilot Project, the team planted
cover crops, installed grassed waterways, and greened up shores with buffer
strips of vegetation. Scientific data collection and analyses from 2016 indicate
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