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Web Date: December 5, 2017

To prevent fertilizer from escaping cranberry bogs, just add salt

Aluminum sulfate traps phosphorus in sediment so it doesn’t drain into lakes and ponds
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: Water, phosphorus, aluminum sulfate, cranberry bog

Cranberries often fade from memory in the aftermath of Thanksgiving feasts. Scientists with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the University of Massachusetts Cranberry Station, however, focus on the scarlet berries year-round: In particular, these researchers want to prevent phosphorus applied to cranberry bogs as fertilizer from draining into nearby waterways.

Algae feast on the essential nutrient when it runs off from farm fields into lakes and ponds, causing nuisance or harmful growth. Massachusetts accounts . . .

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