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Fertilizer Abuse Main Cause of Aquatic Weed Menace
Have you ever wondered why our lakes and rivulets are always infested with invasive aquatic plants and weeds, causing inconvenience to people and aquatic life!

Don’t get surprised next time when you see weed-infested water-bodies, because we are responsible for what they are.

A study conducted by the State Government underlines the fact that 80 per cent of the soils in Kerala carries exceedingly high level of phosphorus, as a result of application of large quantities of N, P and K fertilisers in the fields. This causes excessive growth of algae and weeds in streams and lakes as they are a natural catch basin for runoff.


 
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Lake Whatcom Water Quality Issues - The lack of oxygen is caused by algae growth which is fed by large quantities of phosphorous. The phosphorous comes from the soils and hillsides, but also comes from fertilizers and animal waste. In the summer of 2009 the city of Bellingham had to restrict water use because there was so much algae in the lake which was clogging the filters on the city water pipe and making it hard for water to get through.


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