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Fertilizer runoff leads to larger Chesapeake Bay dead zone

Sep 09, 2014

Last week, The Washington Post reported that the Chesapeake Bay’s ‘dead zone’—a portion of the bay completely devoid of oxygen—is back and bigger than normal, encompassing an area of one cubic mile. Dead zones occur when fertilizer runoff high in nitrogen and phosphorus enters the water and leads to the over-growth of algae. Algal over-growths [...]

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Fertilizers contribute to toxic algal blooms

Dec 13, 2013

  A joint report between Resource Media and the National Wildlife Federation details the severe consequences of toxic algal blooms in the United States. While most algae are not harmful to humans, some blue-green algae can produce poisonous toxins. Most of these algae are microscopic, but in high-nutrient conditions they can bloom, taking over entire [...]

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Algal blooms in Lake Erie will continue without decreased fertilizer runoff

Sep 13, 2013

A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences sheds some light on the record-breaking algal bloom observed in Lake Erie in 2011, and makes some frightening predictions for the future.  The research, led by Dr. Anna Michalak of the Carnegie Institute for Science, shows that phosphorus-laden fertilizer runoff from conventional [...]

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Farm fertilizer runoff contributing to Dead Zone

Aug 22, 2013

Excess nitrogen is impacting Mississippi River and worsening the Gulf of Mexico’s Dead Zone, according to researchers studying the watershed of the Cedar and Iowa rivers. These scientists have found record levels of nitrogen in the watershed, driven by a combination of drought from last year and high rainfalls from this spring. Nitrogen is making [...]

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Synthetic fertilizer use contributes to manatee, dolphin, and pelican deaths

Aug 17, 2013

Synthetic fertilizer running off into the Indian River estuary may have contributed to disrupting the balance of its rich marine ecosystem. Recent nitrogen spikes in the water have caused large algal blooms, which blanket the estuary and kill the underwater sea grass fields that are the main food source and habitat for the estuary fauna. [...]

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Record breaking ‘Dead Zones’ Predicted for Gulf of Mexico

Jul 04, 2013

Scientists from Louisiana State University and the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium are predicting the largestGulf of Mexico Dead Zone since 1985 this summer.  Dead Zones are low-oxygen zones in the ocean which are caused primarily by nutrient pollution from synthetic fertilizers.  Oxygen levels in these areas are so low that most aquatic life cannot survive, creating [...]

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Agricultural Runoff Study

Jun 27, 2013

A new study has begun on agriculture runoff in water in Midwest streams. Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey and the Environmental Protection Agency have partnered up to examine the effects of agricultural runoff in 100 streams from Ohio to Nebraska.  They will be testing the stream water for pesticides and synthetic fertilizer nutrients, and searching for [...]

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