Resilience - SECOND PLACE
Photo by Amy Hergott, University of Saskatchewan
The resilience of our freshwater resources are significantly enhanced by the biogeochemistry of prairie potholes which scatter the landscape. Agricultural fertilizer applications have put the PPR under substantial stress, resulting in the accumulation of nitrogen in the environment and threatening biodiversity, human health, and water quality. Prairie potholes can offset the threat of nutrient export and pollution in adjacent water bodies through many transformative biogeochemical processes. Exploring these pathways and recognizing the ecosystem services provided by prairie pothole can aid in balancing food production with the preservation of natural ecosystems.