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10/11/17 Phosphorus Monitoring on the Boise River

For decades, the lower Boise River downstream of Lucky Peak Reservoir has been highly enriched with phosphorus, which can create a cycle of excessive plant growth, decreased oxygen for fish, and even algal blooms. Water-quality monitoring by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) shows that phosphorus concentrations in the lower Boise River are down one third since 2015. USGS hydrologist Lauren Perreault was our guest, and Mike Markley was a special Radiothon co-host for this episode.


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