Nutrient Reduction Plans

Nutrient pollution is a national issue.

In 2008, the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force, also known as the Hypoxia Task Force, passed legislation and introduced the Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Action plan. Both initiated strategy developments by the top 12 states in the Mississippi River Basin that contribute to nutrient pollution in the Gulf.

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Illinois is working to reduce nutrient pollution.

The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy, NLRS, is a statewide collaborative effort working to reduce the amount of nutrients entering Illinois waterways. Illinois is one of 12 states that have developed nutrient strategies as members of the Hypoxia Task Force. Illinois established its strategy in 2015. The Illinois NLRS is a living document that is updated and expanded every two years through biennial reports.

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