Dye Job: Mill Pond Going Green (Briefly) As Part Of Water Quality Testing Initiative

A note from the South Milwaukee Health Department …

In a project sponsored by the Fund for Lake Michigan, the City of South Milwaukee Health Department is working in cooperation with the City of Racine Health Department to analyze water quality within the Oak Creek Watershed. The results of the water quality project will be used to inform a larger Oak Creek Watershed Study planned to begin in 2016. As part of the water quality testing effort, on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 11:00 a.m., the City of Racine Health Department will conduct a study to determine water circulation patterns within the Mill Pond. A green fluorescent dye will be applied to the water to allow the visualization of circulation patterns. The dye being used is non-toxic and is commonly used to trace water currents, municipal plumbing, among other applications. The dye will naturally fade within several hours. The application of this dye will be used to help interpret other water quality results from the Mill Pond.

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