Eutrophication (Excessive Fertilization)

“Eutrophication” has become synonymous with “excessive fertilisation” or the input of sufficient amounts of aquatic plant nutrients to cause the growth of excessive amounts of algae and/or aquatic macrophytes in a water body such that beneficial uses of the water body (i.e., water quality) are impaired. Beneficial uses of water bodies that stand to be impaired by the presence of excessive amounts of aquatic plant life include domestic and industrial water supply, recreation, and fisheries. Because of the public health and environmental quality significance of these water quality impairments, myriad strategies have been advanced to evaluate and regulate excessive fertilisation.

JONES LEE, A. LEE, G.F. (n.y): Eutrophication (Excessive Fertilization). El Macero: G. Fred Lee & Associates URL [Accessed: 24.01.2012] PDF