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Is Fertilizer Good For Our Water Shed?
Pros: Fertilizer increases crop yield, and
improves poor quality land.
-Manure is a type of fertilizer and it improves
soil texture, recycles nitrogen, and introduces
Cons: Phosphorus from fertilizer can lead to the causes of
algae blooms, and the production of algal toxins, and
strange smells and taste in water.
-Too much fertilizer can pollute the water, which is harmful
to us and to the environment.
- Too much fertilizer will damage organisms, ponds,
streams, and lakes, when it enters through runoff.
Fertilizer can be helpful but can also harm our environment. If I were to chose either being for
or against using fertilizer in a watershed, I would choose to be against it. This is because when
the fertilizer and the water mix, it pollutes the water and that is unsafe for our well being and
the environments. Although fertilizer does enrich our soil for plants to grow better, it can still
pollute our water, and so much more. If that water is polluted and we drink it, then we will get
illnesses, from that contaminated water.
Instead of farming with fertilizer, we should farm with, Urban agriculture, or Agroforestry and
food forests. Although these may have their down sides, they are still better than fertilization.
To create sustainable farming we can: make sure we use renewable energy
sources, crop rotation, permaculture, avoid soil erosion, crop diversity, and
For farmers to prevent agricultural runoff, they can plant trees, shrubs, and
grass along the edge of their fields, to prevent runoff. This can help absorb
nutrients that may run, or can help filter the nutrients before they reach the
When a rainstorm occurs, rain runs off l
lawns and picks up excess fertilizer on the ground
and carries it down storm drains. This often leads to
natural bodies of water. Then when the water finds
its way into our waterways, it fuels the rapid and
harmful growth of algae, and other aquatic forms of
plant life. To ensure that excessive fertilizer will not
cause environmental harm, we should: pick up our
pets waste, keep grass and leaves on the ground,
and to also drive less.
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