Phosphorus, Nitrogen, and Algae in Lake Washington after Diversion of Sewage

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Science  14 Aug 1970:
Vol. 169, Issue 3946, pp. 690-691
DOI: 10.1126/science.169.3946.690


After diversion of sewage effluent from Lake Washington, winter concentrations of phosphate and nitrate decreased at different rates. From 1963 to 1969, phosphate decreased to 28 percent of the 1963 concentration, but nitrate remained at more than 80 percent of the 1963 value. Free carbon dioxide and alkalinity remained relatively high. The amount of phytoplanktonic chlorophyll in the summer was very closely related to the mean winter concentration of phosphate, but not to that of nitrate or carbon dioxide.

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