What’s up with Muck?

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What’s mucking up Great Lakes’ beaches… on this CurrentCast.

Is it really a coincidence that muck rhymes with yuck? This stinky, slimy stuff looks gross.

Joldersma: “It’s decaying aquatic vegetation and algae that collects out in the bay and washes up on the shore.”

That’s Bretton Joldersma of Michigan’s Office of the Great Lakes. He’s studying the impacts of muck on Saginaw Bay, and says it keeps people off the beach and may even hurt property values.

It’s caused by excess nutrients that wash into the water and make aquatic plants grow out of control. The runoff comes from farmland, septic systems, and yards. So remember nutrients are nothing to muck around with. Use fertilizer sparingly, and check your septic system.

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Georgian Bay Forever is helping Dr. Dittrich in her research on phosphorus, a nutrient, and sediment. Excess phosphorus is linked to algal blooms. Visit this link to learn more.