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Flooding raises pollution fears
Swamped farm fields and gorged rivers could worsen pollution worries for the flooded Lake Champlain because of the high amount of phosphorus that has washed into it. Heavy rains and snowmelt have caused the Winooski River to dump into the lake about 77 metric tons of phosphorus – that is more phosphorous than the amount that is discharged into the lake from all 60 wastewater treatment plants.

Phosphorous, a plant nutrient that is found in manure and fertilizer contributes to weed growth and toxic algae blooms. Algae blooms are rapid increases in the amount of algae, which can discolor the water and reduce its oxygen content, killing plants and animals. The blue-green algae blooms can also be toxic, the can cause irritation or rashes, diarrhea, vomiting, or nausea if ingested.


 
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