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A Lethal Legacy
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2017: A Lethal Legacy

Environmental managers have decades of experience protecting lakes from watershed pollutants that are currently feeding harmful algal and cyanobacterial blooms (HABs)–but what happens when old phosphorus deposits in lake sediments are still feeding toxic algae today? This project will quantify how these legacy effects influence HABs in shallow lakes, where waves stir bottom nutrients into the water. Working with managers and community stakeholders at a New York lake, the team will collect data toward a remediation method for HABs caused by legacy nutrient loading.

Investigators: Richard Stedman, Nelson Hairston

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