This green film would block out sunlight, killing the aquatic plants and eventually the algae. Bacteria would then digest the dead plants, producing carbon dioxide that they release into the water. This would lead to hypoxia or a very low amount of oxygen in the water.
Due to a lack of oxygen in the water, animals and plants would become unhealthy or would die, ruining many ecosystems.
Is there any way we can stop this from happening?
For the most part, the algae blooms are caused by humans which is good news. This means that we can help fix the problem. Waste management practices will help keep our waters clean and algae free!
Water filtration techniques such as stones, sand and chemical filtration offer one solution to this problem. Another alternative would be to switch to using bio/organic fertilizers.
Wow that was really interesting. We definitely need to spread the word and start managing our waste!
Help save the Long Island Sound and prevent eutrophication by managing your waste and using fertilizers that are healthier for the environment!