The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (Illinois NLRS or the strategy) is a framework for using science,
technology and industry experience to assess and reduce nutrient loss to Illinois waters and the Gulf of Mexico. The strategy
will direct efforts to reduce nutrients from point and nonpoint sources in a coordinated, primarily voluntary, and cost-effective
Nutrient loss and runoff is a major threat to water quality in Illinois. State and local
efforts over the decades to control nutrients have yielded positive results, but new and expanded strategies are needed to
secure the future health of our water throughout Illinois and the Mississippi River Basin.
Illinois NLRS builds upon existing programs to optimize nutrient loss reduction while promoting increased collaboration, research,
and innovation among the private sector, academia, nonprofits, waste water agencies, and state and local government. It does
not call for new regulations for either point or nonpoint sources.
The plan will be introduced
and followed throughout the state with leadership from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, the Illinois Department
of Agriculture, the Illinois NLRS policy working group, and newly formed committees. Emerging science, new technology, and
practical experience will continue to identify the financial benefits and costs of the strategy’s recommendations and
inform future policy. Success will require that stakeholders closely collaborate and acknowledge their evolving and increasing
For more information, visit http://www.epa.illinois.gov/topics/water-quality/watershed-management/excess-nutrients/nutrient-loss-reduction-strategy/index