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You may have seen a pond or waterway that looks like this. This photo was taken …

You may have seen a pond or waterway that looks like this. This photo was taken along Shooks Run near Austin Bluffs Parkway and Union Blvd. It’s not pretty, smells bad, and can have a serious effect on the aquatic ecosystem. But the good news is, you can help! The fertilizers and other lawn products we put on our lawns to keep them nice and green don’t stay there. Some of those lawn products are washed into our waterways when it rains and can cause the rapid growth of algae. The algae results in less oxygen in the water, and that can kill plants and animals. Only one pound of fertilizer over-application on the average lawn can result in more than 34 pounds of excess algae in waterways. Leaf litter and landscape trash like grass clippings also contribute to the problem. The grass clippings from one lawn mowing can produce up to 100 lbs of algae if it ends up in waterways. To learn more visit https://coloradosprings.gov/stormwater

[image description: algae covered water. Rocky shore on one side, concrete on the other side. Waterway goes under roadway.]

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