Phosphorus

March 27, 2014--Report explores nutrient management in water utility sector (Johnson Foundation)

In the past century, population growth, urbanization and intensified agricultural practices have combined to increase strain on wastewater treatment facilities. A foremost challenge for utilities is managing nutrient levels in the water—and doing so while juggling economic and energy constraints.


March 19, 2014--Do you know about peak phosphorus? (Aguanomics)

Today, many people are concerned about peak oil, which means after reaching the maximum point of production, suddenly, oil supply will decrease. Oil is an important resource in agriculture, transportation, and energy. However, most people are forgetting about phosphorus, which is an important source of energy in agricultural system. What is phosphorus and peak phosphorus?


March 26, 2013--EPA finds 55 percent of rivers and streams in US in poor condition; situation worse in East (Washington Post)

More than half of the country’s rivers and streams are in poor biological health, unable to support healthy populations of aquatic insects and other creatures, according to a new nationwide survey released Tuesday. The Environmental Protection Agency sampled nearly 2,000 locations in 2008 and 2009 — from rivers as large as the Mississippi River to streams small enough for wading.


April 12, 2012--River nutrients: It’s all about being healthy (Durango Herald)

Nutrients in water – sounds good. Like a vitamin-water mix. However, like vitamins, nutrients are good in the right amount and can be problematic in too high a dose. When talking about nutrients in water, the most common components discussed are nitrogen and phosphorus.


February 6, 2012--State considers standards for nutrients in waterways (Durango Herald)

Discussions are under way to establish the state’s first standards for nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus in waterways. Though the elements, found in fertilizers, are essential for plants and animals, they also can stimulate algae blooms that steal oxygen from aquatic life.


January 21, 2012--Fight over water regulations gaining steam (Colorado Springs Gazette)

A water fight that’s been bubbling beneath the surface of public consciousness for at least a decade is likely to erupt like a geyser in coming months as Colorado public heal

June 3, 2011--River mystery solved: Scientists discover how 'didymo' algae bloom in pristine waters with few nutrients (Science Daily)

The pristine state of unpolluted waterways may be their downfall, according to research results published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.


February 17, 2011--UNEP year book: Phosphorus and plastic pollute world's oceans (Environmental News Service)

Enormous amounts of the fertilizer phosphorus are discharged into oceans due to inefficiencies in farming and a failure to recycle wastewater, the United Nations Environment Programme warns in its 2011 Year Book released today.


September 27, 2010--Elevated Nitrogen and Phosphorus Still Widespread in U.S. Streams and Groundwater (Science Daily)

Elevated concentrations of nitrogen and phosphorus, nutrients that can negatively impact aquatic ecosystems and human health, have remained the same or increased in many streams and aquifers across the United States since the early 1990's, according to a new national study by the U.S. Geological Survey.


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