Morse Water Quality
Phosphorus: threatening our water and wildlife from lake to lawn
What is Phosphorus?
A naturally-occurring nutrient that plants only use in
small quantities for growth & energy storage
Why is it a problem?
- Excess phosphorus travels into rivers, streams, and lakes resulting in algal blooms and undesirable plant growth
- 1 lb. Phosphorus can result in the growth of 10,000 lbs. weeds
- Algae overgrowth turns water green and makes it unsustainable for many species due to the lack of food, oxygen, and viable habitats
- Phosphorus damages the natural habitats, and biodiversity declines.
How can this influence my health?
- Quality of drinking water is affected, indicated by poor taste and smell
- Some algae can produce toxins causing skin irritations
- If consumed, this water can lead to gastrointestinal problems and damage to internal systems or even major organs
- Harmful for pets, including livestock to consume contaminated water
How can I help?
- Only use phosphorus in your fertilizer if you have a new lawn or a soil test indicates a low level of phosphorus
- Don’t over-fertilize your lawn. On average, 89% of Indiana lawns do not need phosphorus according to a 2004 survey by Purdue
- Best time to fertilize is in the fall, especially September3. If the ground is frozen, do not apply fertilizer
- Clean up any fertilizer spills on impervious surfaces, such as driveways
- Use grass clippings and fallen leaves as natural mulch
- Tell family and friends about the problems of excess phosphorus!
Read the latest news about Morse Reservoir Water Quality in our blog!
Springtime Choices Impact Morse Lake Water Quality
Attention Dog Owners! Pet Waste and Phosphorus
Fight the Ice, Keep Water Clean