Reid and Laura Christianson discuss nutrient reduction strategies with farmers. Credit: Janith Chandrasoma
Reid and Laura Christianson discuss nutrient reduction strategies with farmers.

Study may improve strategies for reducing nutrient runoff into Mississippi River

Effectiveness of certain conservation practices may vary in different regions.

Every summer, excess nitrogen and phosphorus from wastewater treatment plants and farm fields along the Mississippi River basin drains into the Gulf of Mexico and may contribute to hypoxic zones in the Gulf. To address the issue, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency formed a task force and required 12 states to develop strategies to reduce agricultural runoff.

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