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Lakes – Phosphorus Sensitive

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Data Source:MN Dept. of Natural Resources
Update Fequency:As Needed
Date Acquired:9/6/2023
Data Available:Yes
Metadata Available:Yes

This data layer indicates lakes that have a phosphorus sensitivity. It was developed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Lakes that have a phosphorus sensitivity are especially vulnerable to biologically-driven water clarity reductions when subjected to increased phosphorus levels. Water clarity is considered a key water quality indicator because it affects many other physical and biological processes that occur within a lake. Decreases in water clarity are generally considered to be undesirable and managers try to avoid them. Predictive modeling was used to assess the phosphorus sensitivity in lakes of interest.

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