environmental

Nutrient Pollution

Our River suffers from nutrient overload, or eutrophication. This means it has exceeded its capacity for nitrogen and phosphorus and can no longer dilute them. These nutrients feed uncontrolled algal blooms that deplete oxygen in the water needed by fish, reduce light that is essential to submerged vegetation, and threaten the health of both humans and aquatic life. The River suffers from an excess of nutrients from wastewater treatment plants, industrial discharges, storm water runoff, and fertilizers that regularly wash into the River.

Nutrient Pollution