By Tim Kowols
Forestville angler Patrick Neu knows his way around local fishing spots and hopes his actions earlier this week in Washington D.C. makes it stay that way for years to come. Neu testified in front of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard about the dangers of doing nothing to address algae blooms and what is causing them. As the Executive Director of the National Professional Anglers Association and the President of the Future Angler Foundation, Neu focused on the negative effects algae blooms could have on the Wisconsin fishing tourism industry. He hopes the monitoring included in the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act of 2017 goes a long way to addressing the growing concerns.
Neu urged local anglers to contact their representatives about their support for the bill, which has already passed the Senate but is waiting on the House to approve before September 30. Algal blooms occur when there is an excess amount of nutrients in the water that helps green plants grow and take away the oxygen supply below them.