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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


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



 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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