The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS) guides state efforts to improve water quality at home and downstream by reducing nitrogen and phosphorus levels in 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. The strategy also calls for more collaboration between state and federal agencies, cities, non-profit organizations, and universities on issues such as water quality monitoring, funding, and outreach.
The Illinois NLRS was developed by a policy working group led by Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, the Illinois Water Resource Center, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, and 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.
Education & Training
- Sea Grant Faculty Scholars program provides new opportunities for researchers in Illinois and Indiana
- Podcast: Teach Me About the Great Lakes Live from IAGLR!
- In the News: Climate change threatens drinking water quality across the Great Lakes
- In the News: Partnering to improve water quality in Illinois
- Social norms help motivate people to adopt practices that protect water quality