Agreement Allows State To Work On Phosphorus Levels
Posted: March 3, 2013 at 3 a.m.
An agreement signed between Arkansas and Oklahoma attorneys general last week will give Northwest Arkansas cities some breathing room to meet lower phosphorus levels in wastewater discharge.
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Phosphorus is a common ingredient in agricultural fertilizers, manure and organic wastes in sewage. It is essential for plant life, but too much can lead to excess algae and less oxygen for fish. Common causes of phosphorus problems are runoff, industrial effluent, sewage and bank erosion.
Source: U.S. Geological Survey
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