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John M. Barten, water
quality manager for the Three Rivers Park District (formerly
Hennepin County Parks) in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota,
spoke in Madison on October 6, 2003.
Barten addressed members
of city and county committees and staff that are or will
be acting on ordinance proposals to limit the amount of
phosphorus in lawn fertilizers. Citizens, members of local
watershed groups, and others also attended Barten's presentation
and had an opportunity to ask questions.
Barten has conducted
extensive research on the quality of runoff water from lawns
and golf courses, and was influential in the passage of
local ordinances and state law limiting phosphorus in lawn
fertilizer in Minnesota. His presentation addressed his
research results from Minnesota, as well as his observations
about the legislative development and passage experiences
Since 1989, Barten has
served as water quality manager for the Three Rivers Park
District in the suburban Twin Cities area of Minnesota.
He works with municipalities and watershed management organizations
to mitigate the impacts of development on the quality of
the 20 lakes in the park system.
Trained as an aquatic
biologist and chemist, Barten's early career years were
spent as a limnologist working in Minnesota, where he developed
and implemented lake restoration programs, and assisted
municipalities and watershed management organizations with
water quality management planning.
The Yahara Waterways Water Trail Guide is a great resource for exploring our area waters.