How Healthy is the Conodoguinet Creek? Member of Enola Community: I have conducted an experiment on whether the Conodoguinet Creek is either polluted or healthy. The Conodoguinet Creek can get polluted by livestock. The livestock could possibly use the creek as a water source or as a restroom. Eutrophication, which is excessive richness of nutrients in any form of body of water, frequently due to runoff from the land, which causes a dense growth of plant life and death of animal life from lack of oxygen, is another reason why the creek could be polluted.
Another benefit of composting is that it can reduce the amount of times you need to water your plants. Since the nutrients get absorbed you don’t need to water your plants many times. This could reduce the amount of water being used to water plants. As Mississippi University “nutrients that are absorbed by composting can reduce the number of times you need to water plants”. As Mississippi University said, it proves that composting is great way to have rich soil.
It should also be noted that in some sections of the river the water hyacinth is not effectively removed by flooding or increased water levels. A similar strategy was adopted for Shagashe River. Soon after the onset of the rainy season when a significant water hyacinth cover had been removed, there was a need to make a follow up to remove the remaining small vegetation of the weed. It was observed that most such remnant infestation is along the banks of the river. This could be removed manually.
Using salt bushes to feed the cattle will help the salinity problem as salt bush suck out all the salt in the ground and other crops used to feed the cattle may not be needed therefore having more space to grow other crops. Figure 5 shows us where every plant is ranked which could help show which plants to plant when salinity is taking up large areas of
Most of Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Maryland; as well as portions of New York, West Virginia, and Delaware are a part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, meaning that runoff from those areas will flow into the Chesapeake Bay. Irrigation is used to aid crop growth year-round and during times of limited rainfall. However, many farms practice poor irrigation by overwatering crops, increasing erosion and carrying pollutants from all across the watershed into the Chesapeake Bay. Excess water can also soak into the ground and push nutrients into groundwater, where it can remain for
The variables measured are nitrate, nitrite, total phosphorus, ammonia and transparency. Harrison also states that river and Lake Eutrophication is a problem across most of Europe because of excessive nitrogen and phosphorus levels from agricultural, industrial and domestic effluents. Harrison states that natural organic matter is present in most natural eco systems. According to Harrison Eutrophication is the excessive production of algae and higher plants through the enrichment of waters by nitrogen and phosphorus. Phosphorus in the form of phosphate is the limiting nutrient as the amount of biologically available phosphorus is small in relation to the amount needed for algal growth.
When these nutrients are taken away this can lead to the soil lacking the micro nutrients that are needed. Nitrogen is available abundantly because 78% of the air is made up of nitrogen. Potassium comes in small portions, but it is also available abundantly. The fertilizer that the neighbor is using whether it is synthetic or natural has severe consequences when it is continually applied to the grass. There is a depletions of nutrient sources and a depletion can occur in his soil.
If an amendment is made to the CWA to include agricultural runoff from tile drainage as a point source of pollution, the drainage districts will be required to develop a permitting process. Iowa legislature will need to designate authority to the drainage districts to enforce regulations to maintain safe levels of runoff from farms. Actions may include fines for those who violate regulations, installation of buffer strips, treatment facilities, and increased monitoring. These actions would be beneficial to the environment and those whose water comes from the Raccoon River. Water Works would benefit economically by this action, spending less money on treatment of drinking water.
The major sources of the excess nutrients comes from over fertilization of crops with animal manure seeping into waterways, and animals having direct access to waters where waste is carried into the watershed (Baker, 2015). Prior to industrialization, the forests used to serve as buffer zones from the farms to naturally sift out much of the excess nutrients. With the growth of population, farms, and factories, thousands of acres of forest has been leveled, eliminating the natural barrier. Along with the with forest loss, the use of pesticides and chemicals has degraded the water so much that the Bay is currently on the Environmental Protection Agency 's "dirty waters" index.
The addition of contaminants and pollutants like salt, lime, heavy metals and fungicides leads to inactive mycorrhizae. Adding large quantities fertilizers especially those that contain phosphate is the most damaging to mycorrhizal health because nutrients will be available for these plants from fertilizers and eventually plants will no more rely on mycorrhizae. Beside to this , this nutrient-rich environment will be an excellent environment for microbes where mycorrhizae become inactive and wait for more suitable soil
If the population wants to survive, stop killing the food people eat, everything is traced to water. Lastly, "Once this water is polluted with animal waste, polluted with antibiotics, hormones and bacteria that it cannot be returned to the water system" (One Green Planet). Yet some of it still gets in the system, there is no good way to get rid of that water so why create it at all. Farmers should take better care of the water they pollute and what they do with it