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Aug. 24, 2016 EPA Climate Change and Water News

White House Promotes EPA Innovation Challenges to Reduce Nutrients in Waterways


Nutrients, particularly nitrogen and phosphorus, are essential for plant growth and for the production of food and livestock feed. Too much nitrogen and phosphorus in our waterways, however, can cause algal blooms, eutrophication, and hypoxia in lakes, estuaries, and oceans - damaging ecosystems and threatening human health far from the original site of application or deposition. Open innovation to reduce nutrients in waterways is one way the Administration has taken action in this area by calling for challenges and prizes that seek potentially transformative ideas to tackle intractable problems.