Science of the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy for Illinois Watersheds
The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy guides state efforts to improve water quality in Illinois and downstream by reducing nitrogen and phosphorus levels in our lakes, streams, and rivers. The strategy lays out a comprehensive suite of best management practices for reducing nutrient loads from wastewater treatment plants and urban and agricultural runoff. Recommended activities target the state’s most critical watersheds and are based on the latest science and best-available technology. It also calls for more collaboration between state and federal agencies, cities, non-profits, and technical experts on issues such as water quality monitoring, funding, and outreach.
The strategy was developed by a policy working group led by the Illinois Water Resource Center-Illinois Indiana Sea Grant, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, and the Illinois Department of Agriculture. Group members included representatives from state and federal agencies, agriculture, and non-profit organizations as well as scientists and wastewater treatment professionals.
During the month of June, videos were shown at 11 roadshows held by the Council on Best Management Practices to educate farmers about the Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy. In this video, NRES Professor Dr. Mark B. David, who was a participant in the formulation of the Strategy, explains the Science of the Strategy for Illinois Watersheds.