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Parisi highlights "Clean Lakes, Clean Energy" plan

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Dane County Executive Joe Parisi laid out part of his 2013 budget today off Lake Monona. 

Parisi chose the site to highlight his "Clean Lakes, Clean Energy" plan.

Among other things, Dane County is joining 30 other municipalities and private partners to triple funding for cleanup and phosphorus reduction in local lakes.

Parisi claims the cost is worth the long-term benefit.

"Our lakes are arguably our greatest asset that we have in this region," Parisi said. "And if we want to foster a strong, healthy economy, and remain a destination and place where want to grow a business and want to raise a family, we have to continue to invest in our lakes."

Parisi's 2013 budget also includes $300,000 for a new manure digester that removes 100 percent of the pollutant, phosphorus, from solid waste. And plans to add to the county's fleet of vehicles that run on compressed natural gas.

Parisi will offer his budget plan to the County Board on Monday.

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