nitrogen and phosphorus

Water Quality Upgrades Planned for Northern Everglades Estuaries

Article: Water Quality Upgrades Planned for Northern Everglades Estuaries

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida, March 2, 2009 (ENS) – In support of watershed protection plans for Florida’s Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers, the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board has approved a contract with the University of Massachusetts to study changes in nutrient levels in the rivers’ estuaries during the 2009 wet season. June…

U.S. EPA Steps In to Set Florida Water Quality Standards

Article: U.S. EPA Steps In to Set Florida Water Quality Standards

WASHINGTON, DC, January 21, 2009 (ENS) – In one of the final acts of the Bush administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced that it will set “water quality standards for nutrients” for all Florida surface waters. The standards will apply to concentrations of the agricultural nutrients nitrogen and phosphorus in state waters. The…

Ten Water Quality Projects Chosen to Reduce Gulf Dead Zone

Article: Ten Water Quality Projects Chosen to Reduce Gulf Dead Zone

WASHINGTON, DC, December 15, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. EPA has selected 10 finalists to apply for $3.7 million in Targeted Watersheds Grants that focus on water quality trading or other market-based water quality projects to reduce pollutants that cause low oxygen levels in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Currently the worst of the world’s…

More Than Health Damaged by Ag Nutrients in Drinking Water

Article: More Than Health Damaged by Ag Nutrients in Drinking Water

MANHATTAN, Kansas, November 24, 2008 (ENS) – The pollution of fresh water by agricultural nutrients costs government agencies, drinking water facilities and individual Americans at least $4.3 billion a year in total, finds new research from Kansas State University. Biology professor Walter Dodds, who led the study, says the researchers calculated that $44 million a…

Delaware's Inland Bays Protected With Pollution Control Rules

Article: Delaware's Inland Bays Protected With Pollution Control Rules

DOVER, Delaware, November 13, 2008 (ENS) – Delaware has adopted new regulations governing the pollution control strategy for the Indian River and Bay, Rehoboth Bay and Little Assawoman Bay watersheds. The strategy is designed to reduce the amounts of nitrogen and phosphorus entering the Inland Bays and their tributaries to levels required to meet water…

Once Rare, Coastal Dead Zones Are Multiplying Worldwide

Article: Once Rare, Coastal Dead Zones Are Multiplying Worldwide

GLOUCESTER POINT, Virginia, August 15, 2008 (ENS) – Around 1910, when scientists began studying the marine areas of low oxygen known as dead zones, there were only four of them worldwide. Now, there are 405 dead zones in the world’s coastal waters, covering a total area of 95,000 square miles, according to the latest research…

Conservationists Seek Firm Limits on Gulf Dead Zone Pollution

Article: Conservationists Seek Firm Limits on Gulf Dead Zone Pollution

ST. PAUL, Minnesota, July 30, 2008 (ENS) – Conservation groups from nine states along the Mississippi River and two national groups petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today to set and enforce numeric standards to limit nutrient pollution in the river basin because it contributes to the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. The…

Pennsylvania's $170 Million Fair Share for Clean Water Plan

Article: Pennsylvania's $170 Million Fair Share for Clean Water Plan

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, April 9, 2008 (ENS) – A $170 million fund has been created to help wastewater ratepayers and farmers finance improvements needed to address Chesapeake Bay and statewide water quality improvement mandates. The Pennsylvania Fair Share for Clean Water Plan announced today is the result of collaboration by municipal authorities, farmers, builders, conservation districts…

Most of Gulf Dead Zone Nutrients Come from Just Nine States

Article: Most of Gulf Dead Zone Nutrients Come from Just Nine States

RESTON, Virginia, January 30, 2008 (ENS) – Nine states in the Mississippi River Basin contribute the majority of nutrients to the northern Gulf of Mexico, threatening the economic and ecological health of one of the nation’s largest and most productive fisheries, according to a federal government report released Wednesday. The states of Illinois, Iowa, Indiana,…