Not My Kind of Tea: Keeping Leaf Tea from Entering Our Lakes Posted 10/28/2019
Anybody who has been to one of my “Meet Your Mayor” coffee shop chats knows that I love a hot cup of tea. But there is one kind of tea I don’t like: leaf tea.
Leaf tea is the result of fall leaves mixing with rainwater. The leaves leach phosphorus into the water and the resulting brew travels through our storm sewers and into our lakes. In fact, 50% of the phosphorus that reaches our lakes from urban areas is from leaf tea, and the high phosphorus loads in our lakes can result in toxic algae blooms, low oxygen levels and green murky waters.
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