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State Nutrient Reduction Strategies

This page features information based on the first Action Item in the Gulf Hypoxia Action Plan (2008), which calls upon states to: "Complete and implement comprehensive nitrogen and phosphorus reduction strategies for states within the Mississippi/Atchafalaya River Basin encompassing watersheds with significant contributions of nitrogen and phosphorus to the surface waters of the Mississippi/Atchafalaya River Basin, and ultimately to the Gulf of Mexico."


State Level Nutrient Reduction Strategies Workshop—Agricultural Component
Hyatt Regency Columbus, June 13–15, 2011

The individual state strategies need to outline how states will reduce nutrient impairments within their jurisdiction, improve the quality of life for citizens, and contribute to reducing the size of the hypoxia zone in the Gulf of Mexico. Each state’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy should answer four basic questions:

1. What nutrient load reductions are achieveable?
2. How will these reductions be achieved?
3. What are the implementation schedule and corresponding milestones for this effort?
4. What is the value to each stakeholder of these reduction efforts?

This workshop is intended to help states in the basins develop the agricultural component for their State Nutrient Reduction Strategies.

Workshop website: http://www.epa.gov/region5/agriculture/index.html
Agenda and Presentations from Workshop: http://www.epa.gov/region5/agriculture/workshop201106.html

US EPA Memorandum and Framework

On March 16, 2011, Nancy Stoner, Acting Assistant Administrator of the EPA Office of Water distributed a memorandum entitled: "Working in Partnership with States to Address Phosphorus and Nitrogen Pollution through Use of a Framework for State Nutrient Reductions." The memorandum reaffirms EPA's commitment to partnering with states and collaborating with stakeholders to make greater progress in accelerating the reduction of nitrogen and phosphorus loadings to our nation's waters. The memorandum synthesizes key principles that are guiding and that have guided Agency technical assistance and collaboration with states and urges the Regions to place new emphasis on working with states to achieve near-term reductions in nutrient loadings."

Download the memorandum and framework here: http://water.epa.gov/scitech/swguidance/standards/criteria/nutrients/upload/memo_nitrogen_framework.pdf

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