Name__________________________________ Date _____________________________________
Nutrients in the Bay
The Chesapeake Bay has pollution. Some of it is from
toxic compounds, such as mercury.
How can we connect this to prior knowledge?
Use the space below to create an analogy for the
amount of nitrogen and phosphorous in the Bay.
Surprisingly, too much nitrogen and phosphorous also
cause pollution. Without nitrogen and phosphorous
plants and animals wouldn’t exist.
too much food
obesity
=
too much nitrogen or phosphorous
How can we help?
Why is this a problem?
Blooms and odors
Loss of oxygen in water – habitat loss
Decomposition
Decreased water clarity
Loss of seagrass
Where is all of it coming from?
1) Agricultural Uses
2) Housing Developments
 leak nitrogen and phosphorous from fertilizer
and dog waste
3) Treatment of Wastes
4) Power Generation
 acid rain
 car emissions
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1) Agriculture
 plant cover crops to soak up unused nutrients
 keep animals out of waterways
2) Housing
 use less fertilizer and use at the right time of
the year
 pick up dog waste
 install rain gardens
3) Power Generation
 emit cleaner gasses
 decline in nitrogen falling from
sky
What other ideas do you have?
Name__________________________________ Date _____________________________________
Nutrients in the Bay
Nutrients in the Bay
The Chesapeake Bay has ______________. Some of it
is from toxic compounds, such as mercury.
The Chesapeake Bay has ______________. Some of it
is from toxic compounds, such as mercury.
Surprisingly, too much nitrogen and phosphorous also
cause pollution. Without nitrogen and phosphorous
plants and animals wouldn’t exist.
Surprisingly, too much nitrogen and phosphorous also
cause pollution. Without nitrogen and phosphorous
plants and animals wouldn’t exist.
too much food
obesity
too much food
obesity
Why





=
too much nitrogen or phosphorous
is this a problem?
Blooms and odors
Loss of oxygen in water – _____________ loss
Decomposition
Decreased water ___________
Loss of seagrass
Where is all of it coming from?
1) ____________________
Why





=
too much nitrogen or phosphorous
is this a problem?
Blooms and odors
Loss of oxygen in water – _____________ loss
Decomposition
Decreased water ___________
Loss of seagrass
Where is all of it coming from?
_____________
1) ____________________
_____________
2) _________________ ____________________
 leak nitrogen and phosphorous from fertilizer
and dog waste
2) _________________ ____________________
 leak nitrogen and phosphorous from fertilizer
and dog waste
3) ________________ of Wastes
3) ________________ of Wastes
4) ________________
 acid rain
 car emissions
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____________________
4) ________________
 acid rain
 car emissions
____________________
Name__________________________________ Date _____________________________________
How can we connect this to prior knowledge?
How can we connect this to prior knowledge?
Use the space below to create an analogy for the
amount of nitrogen and phosphorous in the Bay.
Use the space below to create an analogy for the
amount of nitrogen and phosphorous in the Bay.
How can we help?
How can we help?
1) Agriculture
 plant cover crops to soak up unused nutrients
 keep animals out of waterways
4) Agriculture
 plant cover crops to soak up unused nutrients
 keep animals out of waterways
2) Housing
 use less fertilizer and use at the right time of
the year
 pick up dog waste
 install rain gardens
5) Housing
 use less fertilizer and use at the right time of
the year
 pick up dog waste
 install rain gardens
3) Power Generation
 emit cleaner gasses
 decline in nitrogen falling from
sky
6) Power Generation
 emit cleaner gasses
 decline in nitrogen falling from
sky
What other ideas do you have?
© 2014 Spark 101
What other ideas do you have?
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