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Algal Blooms in Lakes and How to Control Them

July 25, 2013

 

During the dog-days of summer, conditions are just right to cause blue-green algae to grow very quickly, resulting in algal blooms in lakes.  These blooms can create a noxious smell, discolored water and can even sometimes kill fish, which die when unable to get enough oxygen from the algae-dominated water.  Combine this in some cases with an abundance of phosphorus from agricultural runoff, sewage treatment plants, lawn fertilizer, water treatment plants, and septic systems, and more algal blooms can occur in lakes and ponds. More...

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