The draft nutrient reduction strategy is based on:
- A directive found in the 2008 Gulf HypoxiaAction Plan, that each state in the Mississippi River Basin develop a strategy by 2013 to reduce the amount of phosphorus and nitrogen carried by rivers to the Gulf of Mexico.
- A directive from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for states to develop frameworks for nutrient reduction as outlined in the March 2011 memo from Nancy Stoner, Acting Assistant Administrator for Water.
The draft strategy can be found HERE on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) website.
This draft calls for a Nitrogen Science Summit to identify what is known and what is unknown focusing both on surface water and groundwater needs. The Nitrogen Science Summit would build upon Wisconsin’s long-standing practice of using partnerships and coordination forums to exchange thoughts, ideas and information. Participants would include university, state, and federal researchers; water quality experts; federal, state and local agency program managers; consulting agronomists; practicing farmers; agricultural economists; educational experts; and others identified by a Nitrogen Science Summit scoping committee.