Fertilizing your new spring garden? Your help is needed to reduce phosphorus in Birmingham waterways. 2 things you can do now

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Algae Blooms in the Cahaba river are a huge problem for the ecosystem. Caused by increased phosphorus levels in the water, the blooms deplete the water of oxygen , thus killing off nearby fish.
Algae Blooms in the Cahaba River are a huge problem for the ecosystem. Caused by increased phosphorus levels in the water, the blooms deplete the water of oxygen, thus killing off nearby fish. (Photo via the Cahaba River Society)

Instead of spending $20-30 million on wastewater plant upgrades, Jefferson County is hoping you’ll help contain the last 1% of phosphorus in local waterways by not putting a certain type of fertilizer on your yard this spring. Why should you care and what can you do? Bham Now explains.

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River groups release data on toxic chemicals discharged into Alabama waters

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Waste Ponds at Resolute Forest Products on the Coosa River (seen in the background). Flight provided by SouthWings. Photo (c) Frank Chitwood 2017 – photo from the Coosa Riverkeeper website

According to a  news release by the Black Warrior Riverkeeper, a recent analysis of data reported by industry indicates that nearly ten million pounds of toxic chemicals were dumped into Alabama’s rivers in 2015.

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