North Dakota's Nutrient Reduction Strategy
What Is Nutrient Pollution?
Nutrient pollution is caused by the overabundance of phosphorus and
nitrogen in the aquatic environment. Excessive nitrogen and phosphorus in
water can cause health problems in people, fish and animals, and damage
our lakes, rivers, reservoirs, streams and wetlands. Excessive phosphorus
and nitrogen may also result in increased costs to treat water for human
consumption from surface water supplies.