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Rain and melting snow wash dirt, leaves, fertilizer and yard waste into streets, which lead to nearby lakes and streams. This debris contains high levels of phosphorus and nitrogen, which in turn allow smelly green algae to grow and grow. In addition to clogging boat propellers and being downright gross, excess algae can be toxic to swim in and lowers oxygen levels in the water, making it hard for fish to survive.

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Date Of Record Release 2011-01-20 17:22:18
Description Rain and melting snow wash dirt, leaves, fertilizer and yard waste into streets, which lead to nearby lakes and streams. This debris contains high levels of phosphorus and nitrogen, which in turn allow smelly green algae to grow and grow. In addition to clogging boat propellers and being downright gross, excess algae can be toxic to swim in and lowers oxygen levels in the water, making it hard for fish to survive.
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Source Rice Creek Watershed Distric
Keyword Blue Thumb, Environment, Water, Minnesota, Rice Creek Watershed District, Plants, Garden, Yard, Native, Raingarden, Rain garden, Shoreline, Lake, Pollution
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Date Of Record Creation 2011-01-20 17:11:22
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Date Last Modified 2011-01-20 17:24:41
Language English
Date Record Checked: 2011-01-20 00:00:00 (W3C-DTF)

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