Over the past 50 years, the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus pollution entering the nation’s waters has increased dramatically and nutrients have become one of our costliest and most challenging environmental problems. Excessive nitrogen and phosphorus can have negative impacts on human health, aquatic ecosystems, the economy and the quality of people’s lives.

Missouri’s Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy was developed over a 3-year period from 2011 through 2014 and was updated in 2018 and 2020. A committee of representatives from state agricultural, environmental and natural resource organizations was formed to develop recommendations for reducing nutrient loads to surface water and groundwater in Missouri through an open, consensus-building process. An internal workgroup consisting of staff from the department’s Water Protection and Soil and Water Conservation programs meets quarterly to discuss the progress being made toward the goals of Missouri’s Strategy. There are many recommended actions listed in the Strategy, making prioritization important to focusing our resources. Meetings are being held in an effort to identify areas in which coordination would be beneficial. The workgroup will produce biennial reports to communicate progress to the public.

Find information about our other efforts to reduce nutrient pollution in Missouri:

Get Involved

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/or stay informed.

Email us at cleanwater@dnr.mo.gov. We would love to hear from you!