Environmental Chemistry: Nitrates, Phosphates, and Eutrophication


Understand the importance and value of fresh water and the need to protect and conserve this valuable resource. Realize that a variety of factors, including natural ones, contribute to the overall problem of water pollution. After completing this lab, students should understand the difference between point source and non-point source pollution and understand the role of nitrates and phosphates in the process of eutrophication. They will observe and examine the effects of nitrates, the effects of phosphates, and the effects of a combination of nitrates and phosphates in miniature “ponds.” Kit contains enough materials for 15 groups. Teacher’s Manual and Student Study Guide copymasters are included.

Aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)*

Disciplinary Core Ideas: PS1.A; PS1.B

Performance Expectations: MS-PS1-2; HS-PS1-3

Cross Cutting Concepts: Patterns

Engineering Practices: Analyzing and Interpreting Data; Planning and Carrying Out Investigations

Kit Includes:

  • 50mL Nitrate Solution
  • 50mL Phosphate Solution
  • 50mL Nitrate/Phosphate Solution
  • 50mL Control (Deionized) Water
  • 60 Plastic Cups
  • 1 box Microscope Slides
  • 1 box Coverslips

*”Next Generation Science Standards” is a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards was involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.

 WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Lead and lead compounds, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects and reproductive harm.  For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.