A Vital Nutrient

Phosphorus is a nutrient that is natural and vital for life. Almost all forms of life depend on phosphorus, and it is found in almost all ecosystems. It has been an important part of the Lake Champlain ecosystem for tens of thousands of years.

Plants and algae use phosphorus for photosynthesis. It allows them to use the sun’s energy for growth and reproduction. Because of this importance to plants, it is a critical element of the food web.

Phosphorus is also an important nutrient for humans and other animals. It is the second most abundant mineral in humans, and it helps build strong bones and teeth. It also plays an important role in cell reproduction, growth, and use of energy in the body.

Phosphorus Is Literally in Our DNA!

Without it, the natural world as we know it would cease to exist.

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  • What is Phosphorus?

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  • Best Management Practices

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