The combination of warm temperatures with fertilizer-containing water saturated with excess nutrients has resulted in perhaps the most severe algae bloom in Lake Pontchartrain ever witnessed – and this is all happening this summer of 2019. Unfortunately, this algae bloom is only expected to get worse over the course of the following weeks. The City of Mandeville has publicly advised residents to not swim or fish in this water, which is marked by a greenish-blue hue due to excess algae. Blue-green algae is comprised of cyanobacteria, which is a master of producing a plethora of toxins. If exposed to these toxins, one may exhibit symptoms of rashes, stomach cramps, nausea, diarrhea and even vomiting. Furthermore, beach closures now include the Mississippi Gulf Coast as algae blooms become increasingly present there. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality advises residents to not eat any fish that coming from the contaminated bodies of waters as they may have ill impacts on human health.
xVital by xVirity, a liquid plant growth supplement, contains nitrate which stimulates plant growth; specifically known to enhance fruit production and foliage development. However, this form of nitrate is not in the form of a salt, but rather exists as a free ion in solution ready to be absorbed by the plant. Traditional fertilizer which is prepared in the form of solid granules is not always uniform, and may pose a challenge for users to apply evenly and also caused fertilizer runoff leading to water pollution and algae bloom as discussed above. Because xVital is in a liquid form, “hot spots” of high fertilizer concentration can be avoided thus limiting over-fertilization and damage to the root system and foliage of plants. Furthermore, because nitrate ions are dissolved into a liquid solution in xVital, they become more mobile and are able to reach plant roots more efficiently.