Algae So Thick A Bird Can Walk On It

You can see the bird tracks on this pond, from 350 feet above.

Ground level.

Chemical fertilizer running off from this neighborhood has killed the pond.

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17 Responses to Algae So Thick A Bird Can Walk On It

  1. Pathway says:

    It hasn’t killed it but rather made it a place conducive to algae growth. This is what eutrophication looks like . Having said that, people do apply to much fertilizer to their lawns.

  2. Jeff Jones says:

    Great endorsement for fertilizer!!

  3. Iy says:

    This is what drives me nuts. By focusing exclusively on climate change, we get to conveniently ignore other serious ecological issues and misuse of our environment. I don’t think this is exclusive to the left either. I think that the neo left and neo right in government are currently the exact same people with the exact same goals and they get the rest of us to fight so that we don’t wake up to the fact.

    • arn says:

      You are pretty much spott on.
      Neocon+Neolibs talk the same talk.

      Obamacare was in fact Romneycare((written by the pharmalobby+))
      They have the same opinion about ukraine
      and russia
      and when obama is for attacking Assad McCain goes to syria and makes some photos with terrorists

      whatever the media says they’ll parrot.

  4. AZ1971 says:

    Tony,
    Are you sure it’s bird tracks or could it possibly be the trails of a muskrat that’s swam through the pond? To me it looks more like the latter rather than the former because of both the width of the trail from 350′ elevation as well as the side-to-side surface disturbance whirls seen in the second photo. Or, possibly a mink …

    Either way, I’ve seen this too many times myself in slow backwaters of my home state of Wisconsin, especially outflows downstream from a farming operation. It really is disgusting knowing how much runoff is taking place.

    • Stewart Pid says:

      Yeah I was wondering if there are any farms nearby since this would seem to be one hell of a lot of fertilizer runoff from lawns. But maybe u yanks love ur fertilizer. In the great white north fertilizer is now sold with no phosphate and u need to be a farmer to get the good stuff with phosphate.

    • tonyheller says:

      There is a muskrat living in that pond, or at least there used to be.

  5. Cowpoke says:

    Nothing more than potential energy folks.

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