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What is PH? Have you ever wondered about the different pollutions? How do they connect with wetlands? Well, there a lot of different pollutions in wetlands. In the Delridge wetland we have been testing pH over the past years. There a lot of different pollutions in wetlands. For example, pH. pH is measuring the water acidity. According to doityourself “Slight levels of Ammonia (this is pH) will distress your fish because it leaves them open to infection and diseases.” Unhealthy levels of Ammonia are caused by fish overpopulation and necessary debris, which is essentially contained of fish waste, and decaying plants. This shows that Ammonia can be bad for wetlands, or ponds because Ammonia can kill fish and plants. Another detail from doityourself “If high Ammonia is still untreated then Nitrites will form.” And Nitrites are very toxic to fish. While the helpful bacteria and enzymes living in the pond water will eventually turn these Nitrites into non harmful Nitrates, it is often that it is not in time to save the fish. This shows that if high Ammonia is untreated, then Nitrites will form which are very toxic to fish. Nitrates are a form of nitrogen; they are not harmful to fish and are basically food for plants. In other words, they are good things. But, an excess of Nitrates cannot always be safe to be absorbed by the pond/wetlands plant life.
How is it measured?
pH is measured by scaling it by 0 – 14. Water is at its purest when the pH level is 7.0. Anything less is considered acidic, anything higher is alkaline water. If the water is lower than 7.0, then the nitrifying bacteria trying to go through the nitrification process (the nitrification process is when nitrifying bacteria are trying to turn Ammonia to Nitrites) will slow down. This leads to declines in the water and becomes toxic to fish. Also, if the pH level is higher than 7.0, then it can be murderous to the plants.
I think we should pay attention to the pH levels in our wetland to help keep the wetland safe and healthy, which would prove part of our wetland is successful. We need to keep on testing our water in our wetland monthly to see if our pH level is normal.
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pH Levels, Nitrites, Nitrates: What It All Means for Your Water Garden
The circled part (pH information) shows that the people who measured pH had good results because the first measure was the inlet which is where the water comes in the wetland. A wetland's pH is good when you get a number that is 5-8, and in this photo the people who measured the pH level got a good result on pH. For the inlet they got 6.5, for well "A" they got 6, for well "B" they got 6.5, for the outlet they got 5, and finally for well "C" they got 6.