Proposed Cazenovia Watershed Law
The Post Standard has published a story on a proposed law to improve the water quality in Cazenovia Lake. The story describes the link between Phosphorus and weed growth. The following is the first paragraphs of the story.
From the P-ST.
Invasive species, such as the Eurasian watermilfoil that clogs the waters of Cazenovia Lake, love phosphorus-laden water.
As local leaders consider chemical treatments and other mitigation methods to rid the lake of milfoil and other troublesome weeds, town officials are moving forward with a law aimed at limiting future problems.
They're hoping that those who live near the lake will stop feeding the weeds.
The Cazenovia Town Board is considering the area's first ban on fertilizers with phosphorus to give homeowners in the lake watershed a share of responsibility for the health of the 1,100-acre body of water.
Phosphorus is the main ingredient that drives the growth of algae and other nuisance plants in lakes. While the element naturally occurs in aquatic ecosystems, too much of it can trigger algae blooms and runaway plant growth, choking the water by depleting it of oxygen.
The state recognized the danger of too much phosphorus in the 1970s, banning it from laundry detergents as a means to protect lakes and streams from nutrient-rich wastewater.
Cazenovia's law would help bring the lake back into balance by reducing the nutrients found in residential runoff. Town officials will hold a public hearing and vote on the local law Monday evening.
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