Water Quality Resources


January 5, 2016

Fertilizers are used in agriculture to provide one or more of the chemical elements necessary for plant development. Excess amounts of fertilizer, containing large amounts of nitrogen and phosphorous, enter water sources through surface runoff and leaching. This increased amounts of nitrogen and phosphorous have negative impacts on water quality and human health. Utah State University and The University of Vermont explain how fertilizers harm our water sources, and how proper fertilizer management can help cut down pollution.

Fertilizer Management from Utah State University: http://extension.usu.edu/waterquality/htm/agriculturewq/fertilizer/

Impacts of Lawn Fertilizer from The University of Vermont: http://www.uvm.edu/~vlrs/doc/lawnfert.htm

How does fertilizer enter our water sources?
What are the health risks of drinking water with high nitrogen levels?
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