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PA EPA RELEASES NUTRIENT STRATEGY FOR WATERWAYS
Release Date: 07/10/98
FOR RELEASE: FRIDAY, JULY 10, 1998
EPA RELEASES NUTRIENT STRATEGY FOR WATERWAYS
A key goal of the President’s Clean Water Action Plan is the development of water quality criteria for the nutrients nitrogen and phosphorus by the year 2000. Excess nutrients are thought to contribute to microbial diseases, such as pfisteria, in waterways. On June 18, EPA released a national strategy outlining the process and approach for the development of numeric criteria for nutrients and adoption of nutrient provisions of state water quality standards. Under the approach described in the new nutrient strategy, EPA will develop nutrient guidance documents for various types of waterbodies (e.g. rivers, lakes, coastal waters, and wetlands) over the next several years. States will be able to use these guidance documents and target ranges as they develop numeric criteria for nutrients as part of state water quality standards. EPA has formed a National Nutrient Team to guide the nutrient criteria development process and is forming Regional Nutrient Teams in each EPA region. The Nutrient Strategy is available on the Internet at: https://www.epa.gov/OST or contact Bob Cantilli at 202-260-5546.