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Why too Much Phosphorus is Bad for Water Bodies
Phosphorus is important for terrestrial and aquatic plants. Plants growing take up phosphorus through their roots. Phosphorus is a fertilizer, therefore the more phosphorus in the water, the more the plants will be able to grow. In aquatic systems, an increase in plant growth causes the water to become depleted of oxygen from the large amount of decomposing plant material. With less oxygen in the ecosystem, large die-offs of fish occur.

In water systems, phosphorus causes eutrophication of water bodies. Eutrophication is a natural process in which the lake ages over many thousands of years and becomes more nutrient-rich. Eutrophication can be accelerated by adding more nutrients, like phosphorus, to the ecosystem.

 
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Algae Treatment Leads to Massive Fish Kill in Lake Isabella - Lake Isabella has experienced a significant “fish kill” due to low oxygen levels following treatment of an extremely high blue-green algae presence. When the heavy bloom was noted a recommendation was made to close the lake to swimming and boaters and a company was hired to treat the lake with a chemical called SeClear. The following day, hundreds of dead fish were observed lying dead on the bottom and floating on the surface.


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