Nutrient pollution of coastal rivers, bays, and seas

Issues in Ecology
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Over the past 40 years, antipollution laws have greatly reduced discharges of toxic substances into our coastal waters. This effort, however, has focused largely on point-source pollution of industrial and municipal effluent. No comparable effort has been made to restrict the input of nitrogen (N) from municipal effluent, nor to control the flows of N and phosphorus (P) that enter waterways from dispersed or nonpoint sources such as agricultural and urban runoff or as airborne pollutants. As a result, inputs of nonpoint pollutants, particularly N, have increased dramatically. Nonpoint pollution from N and P now represents the largest pollution problem facing the vital coastal waters of the United States.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Nutrient pollution of coastal rivers, bays, and seas
Series title Issues in Ecology
Volume 7
Year Published 2000
Language English
Publisher Ecological Society of America
Contributing office(s) Toxic Substances Hydrology Program
Description 15 p.
First page 1
Last page 15
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