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Amanda Christenson

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Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy Outreach Associate

Room #276 1101 W Peabody Dr Urbana IL 61801

Program Areas
Natural Resources, Environment, and Energy

Amanda holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Eureka College. Before joining the team, Amanda was an Extension Program Coordinator overseeing Master Naturalists and Master Gardeners in eleven counties in Central Illinois. She coordinated Extension volunteers and outreach events from the field offices in Bloomington, Galesburg, and Champaign over eight years. She has experience hosting large and small events, including field days, hybrid training, conferences, and meetings of all sizes. 

Amanda now provides organizational support for the Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy Biennial Report, Conferences, and Working Groups. She works with the University of Illinois Facilitation and Coordination team to ensure the accuracy of reports while showcasing the work of Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy partners. She also serves on the Natural Resources, Energy, and Environment team at the University of Illinois Extension. Amanda is based on campus in Urbana, Illinois. 

The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy guides state efforts to improve water quality at home and downstream by reducing nitrogen and phosphorus levels in our lakes, streams, and rivers. The strategy outlines 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. It also calls for more collaboration between state and federal agencies, cities, non-profits, and technical experts on issues such as water quality monitoring, funding, and outreach.