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Water Quality Citizen Science Project

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Does your water have good Phosphate levels?

Phosphorus is incredibly important in aquatic ecosystems. Too little Phosphorus and there is limited energy production in freshwater ecosystems – too much Phosphorus and water quality suffers.

Phosphorus in the form of phosphate (PO4-3) is an essential plant nutrient and is a major component of most fertilizers. So, big rainfall events andother factors leading to erosion and runoff can put huge amounts of Phosphorus in water bodies.

This leads to eutrophication, to animals dying, a build-up of toxins, and foul water.

These are some of the primary reasons that the monitoring of phosphate levels in water is extremely important. It is important to understand the process of phosphate dynamics to managing and monitoring aquatic ecosystems.

What do the Phosphate results mean?

Milligrams of Phosphate per liter (mg/L)

0.01 – 0.024: This is considered a normal and uncontaminated level.

0.025 – 0.1: At these levels plant growth is stimulated, and eutrophication accelerates.

0.1: This is the maximum acceptable level to avoid accelerated eutrophication.

Greater than 0.1: At this level we have accelerated plant growth and major environmental problems

What was your score?

Once you have taken your measurement, please submit your data.

Hey! You can enter all of your results at once by using the form over here.

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