HURRICANES Puerto Rico's watershed still reeling in storms' wake — study (LUQ's Bill McDowell)

HURRICANES Puerto Rico's watershed still reeling in storms' wake — study (LUQ's Bill McDowell)

HURRICANES: Puerto Rico's watershed still reeling in storms' wake — study. See University of New Hampshire's article: https://www.unh.edu/unhtoday/news/release/2018/12/10/unh-researchers-find-unexpected-impact-hurricanes-puerto-ricos-watershed

...“Nitrate is important for plant growth but this is a case where you can have too much of a good thing,” said William McDowell, professor of environmental science at UNH. “The levels of nitrate we were seeing were unusually high. Over the last three decades, we’ve noticed elevated levels of nitrate right after a hurricane, but after these back-to-back major storms, the wheels came off the bus. We saw an increase in the nitrate levels that still has not fully recovered.” ...