Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Green Lawns, Clean Lakes - The Connection Between Lawn Care & Water Quality

Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts has created this informative web page examing the link between lawn care (Shore owner stewardship practices) and water quality. A must read for those who want BLUE and GREEN in all the right places.

Phosphorus is "junk food" for algae present in a reservoir, lake or stream. One pound of phosphorus can produce 10,000 pounds of wet weeds and algae. . . . (W)hen phosphorus is washed into lakes, the algae grows out of control (known as repeated algae bloom) reducing clarity and visibility. Some forms of blue-green algae can be toxic.

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