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

 

essential bacterias. 

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

 

many more. 

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

 

water. 

 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.