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Web Date: March 23, 2016

Monitoring uncovers mysterious phosphorus pollution

Unknown processes dump phosphorus into remote lakes and streams
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Analytical SCENE, Biological SCENE, Environmental SCENE
Keywords: water, phosphorus, EPA, climate change, pollution, algal blooms

A new study reveals that an unknown continental-scale process is dumping phosphorus into streams and lakes across the U.S. (Environ. Sci. Technol. 2016, DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b05950). Rising phosphorus measured in these water bodies could lead to toxic algal blooms and degraded habitat for fish, birds and frogs.

High phosphorus levels in streams and lakes typically result from sewage discharge and . . .

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