Do you live in a residential area that has a storm pond? What is the condition of that storm pond in July and August?
Do you have a favourite lake you and your family frequently visit every summer?
Bodies of water in the prairies have rapidly started to deteriorate over the last couple of decades. Whether it's a storm pond with unsightly algae blooms, or a large lake that has to shut down recreation every July because of blue-green algae, there is a common denominator to these problems. NUTRIENT LOADING.
AdvancedAg has 2 solutions to this problem.
"Nutrients from manure and fertilizers enter lakes and streams through runoff and soil erosion. Generally, when soil-test nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) increase, greater amounts of plant-available N and P move with water. Runoff water from fields with high soil-test N and P may contain a high level of these dissolved nutrients, increasing the risk of contaminating streams, wetlands and lakes.
In addition, erosion carries fine particles of soil that are enriched with nutrients. Eroded soil particles with attached nutrients will accumulate as sediment in water resources and serve as a source of available nutrients during long periods of time.
When manure or commercial fertilizers enter surface water, the nutrients they release stimulate microorganism growth. The growth and reproduction of microorganisms reduce the dissolved oxygen content of the water body.
Without sufficient dissolved oxygen in surface water, fish and other aquatic species suffocate. The resulting dead fish and other aquatic species degrade the water quality and cause unpleasant odours.