Nitrogen and Phosphorus Pollutants Need Attention from EPA

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Article Courtesy of Sabrina Canfield | November 18th, 2016 | Courthouse News | Published as Educational Material

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Increasing contamination in Mississippi River and a portion of Gulf of Mexico into which it flows, needs urgent attention as nitrogen and phosphorus pollutants has created fish kills and unsuitable water for aquatic life. The EPA should control the nutrient limit from farm and cities. Despite the various tools, the problem persists, so the EPA should have more enforced regulations, specific deadlines or funding for implementation. “The results of the EPA’s hands-off approach with the Mississippi River basin states are massive algae blooms and nitrate contamination that make our drinking water unsafe and render lakes and rivers unfit for recreation,” states Kris Sigford, water quality manager for the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy. Read more about it here.

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