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The runoff of nitrogen and phosphorus can be detrimental to a lakes health and ability to support life (Baker, et al. 2007). Eutrophication is a product of large amounts of nitrogen and phosphorous in lakes (Rice and Horgan, 2017). The purpose of this study is to examine if large amounts of nitrogen and phosphorus are present in Lake Louise. The proposed research question is: Are there high concentrations of nitrogen and phosphorus in and around Lake Louise? The null hypothesis of this study is that there will be no significant difference in nitrogen and phosphorus concentrations in areas in and around Lake Louise. The data gathered allowed us to reject the null that there will be no significant difference in nitrogen and phosphorus concentrations in areas in and around Lake Louise. The data shows a trend that the fluctuations in pH, DO, NO3, and NH4 are affected by the time of year, rather than the site. More sampling and gathering of data must be done to properly conclude why Lake Louise is having algae and sediment issues.
Eutrophication, lake health, nitrogen, phosphorus
Kubiski, Hailey and Wiese, Cosima, "Effects of Nitrogen and Phosphorus Input on Lake Louise, Dallas, Luzerne County, PA" (2021). Student Research Poster Presentations 2021. 21.