Over the past 50 years, the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus pollutants entering the nation’s waters has increased. Too much nitrogen and phosphorus can have negative impacts on human health, aquatic ecosystems through algal blooms and the economy and the quality of people’s lives. Nutrient pollution has become one of our costliest and most challenging environmental problem.
Representatives from state agricultural, environmental and natural resource organizations formed a committee to develop recommendations for reducing nutrient loads to surface water and groundwater in Missouri. Through an open, consensus-building process, Missouri’s Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy was finalized in 2014. In 2018, the department began issuing progress updates every two years, outlining Missouri's progress towards the Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy goals.
- Missouri’s Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy, December 2014
- Missouri Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy, 2018 Update
- Missouri Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy, 2020 Update
- Missouri Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy, 2022 Update
Initially, an internal workgroup consisting of team members from the department’s Water Protection and Soil and Water Conservation programs, was formed to discuss the progress being made toward Missouri’s strategy goals. The workgroup has now expanded to include members from the Missouri Department of Agriculture, Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri Fertilizer Control Board and National Resources Conservation Service. The department plans to further expand the workgroup, opening the conversation to non-governmental stakeholders. There are many recommended actions listed in the strategy, making prioritization important for focusing our resources. Meetings are held to coordinate efforts and identify opportunities for collaboration.
We discuss water quality topics, including nutrient pollution, at our quarterly Water Protection Forum meetings. You may visit in person or watch the live stream to provide input and stay informed. If you would like meeting notifications you can sign up using the green "Get Updates" button on the forum webpage. You can also email us at email@example.com.