Eutrophication


Updated on 04/07/2018
Illustration
Eutrophisation d'un plan d'eau français
Définition
Sens commun
Excessive enrichment of rivers and water bodies by nutrients, mainly phosphorus and nitrogen, which constitute a true fertilizer for aquatic plants. It is characterized by excessive proliferation of plants whose decomposition causes a significant decrease in the oxygen content. It results, among other things, in a diminishing fauna and flora diversity and in disrupted uses (drinking water supply, recreational activities, etc).
Source
According to the Ministry for the Environment and AFB
Review status
Soumis au comité de relecture.