WEF and Others Release Collaborative Approach for Reducing Nutrient Pollution in Waterways

During WEFTEC 2017, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.), U.S. Water Alliance (Washington, D.C.), and National Association of Clean Water Agencies (Washington, D.C.) revealed a new, collaborative approach to reduce nutrient pollution in U.S. waterways. Nutrient overload in waterways from excess nitrogen and phosphorus threatens drinking water quality, economic health, and recreation.

The paper, “Addressing Nutrient Pollution in Our Nation’s Waters: The Role of a Statewide Utility,” presents options for a collaborative approach that would focus on cost-effective, results-driven investments and projects. It introduces the concept of a statewide institution that would offer new financing, governance, and operational functions to advance nutrient reduction strategies. The entity could augment existing governance and funding structures by tapping into the support of broader constituencies and stakeholder groups.

“Nutrient pollution is one of the most challenging and widespread challenges in our nation’s waterways and water professionals are continuously looking for ways to make progress,” said Eileen O’Neill, executive director of WEF. “It is clearly time to try new approaches to this long-standing problem and WEF is glad to have partnered with our colleagues in the water sector to propose options.”

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