Report To The Central Davis Sewer Improvement District
Utah State University
Farmington Bay is a nutrient-enriched, highly eutrophic embayment of the Great Salt Lake. The highly variable salinity of the bay influences what species of plankton can survive there. Previous analyses suggested that cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) may not be able to survive or fix atmospheric nitrogen at high salinities, thus maintaining the lake in a nitrogen-limited state. To determine the interacting influence of nutrients and salinity on the growth and nitrogen fixation of plankton we performed a 28-day bioassay with water from Farmington and Gilbert Bays in October 2004. We tested the response of the plankton to additions of nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) at salinities of 3%, 5%, 70/0, 9% or 11 %. Algal inocula from a variety of salinities were added to provide colonists for the cultures.
Wurtsbaugh, Wayne A. and Marcarelli, Amy, "Continuing Analysis of Phytoplankton Nutrient Limitation in Farmington Bay and the Great Salt Lake" (2005). Watershed Sciences Faculty Publications. Paper 537.