The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy guides state efforts to improve water quality at home 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, 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.
Key Strategy Components
- Identifies priority watersheds for nutrient reduction efforts.
- Establishes the Nutrient Monitoring Council to coordinate water quality monitoring efforts by government agencies, universities, non-profits, and industry.
- Creates the Nutrient Science Advisory Committee to develop numeric nutrient criteria.
- Forms the Agricultural Water Quality Partnership Forum to oversee outreach and education efforts.
- Establishes the Urban Stormwater Working Group to coordinate and improve stormwater programs and education.
- Lays out strategies for improving collaboration among government, non-profits, and industry.
- Defines a process for regular review and revision.
Download the pdf Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy report .