Nutrient Management Plan Of Lake Okeechobee

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A nutrient management plan will be implemented for farmland that borders Lake Okeechobee since this lake is the main cause of algal blooms. [9] The following factors will be used to assess nutrient content on land and will be used to determine how much fertilizer can be used.
Livestock population: monitoring livestock population can help estimate potential nutrient content
Feed management: Animal feed has various nutrients that can pollute soil and water
Farming practices: Farming practices can add unwanted nutrient pollution from the use of fertilizer and other chemicals.
Animal and water waste handling: Animal waste contains nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen, which can pollute surrounding waters. Proper handling of waste can help alleviate nutrient concentration.
Soil testing for nutrient concentrations: A variety of soil tests will be used
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(Obtained from: http://my.sfwmd.gov )

Nutrient Reducers implemented at St. Lucie River and Caloosahatchee River
The St. Lucie River and the Caloosahatchee River is where most of Lake Okeechobee’s excess water is discharged. These rivers lead straight to coastal waters, bringing the nutrients and toxins that cause algal blooms. Nutrient reducers will be implemented in these areas to reduce the effects of lake discharge. The nutrient reducers that will be used are aluminium sulfate ,iron salts and calcium salts. The following plan will be used to implement nutrient reducers in these areas.
Determine ideal location for nutrient reduction. This will likely be at the mouth of the river.
Measure current nutrient content in the river/lake. This data will be used for comparison after implementing the nutrient reduction plan.
Determine the amount of nutrient reducers needed based on the current nutrient content.
Add nutrient reducers to water and monitor concentrations regularly.

Build Wastewater facilities in Okeechobee County and Glades

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