Mississippi Nutrient Reduction Strategies

A core component of the Gulf Hypoxia Action Plan 2008 (for reducing, mitigating, and controlling Hypoxia) and the Governors’ Action Plan 2009 (for healthy and resilient coasts) is the development and implementation of nutrient reduction strategies to address nutrient pollution in-basin and to the Gulf. Mississippi has been a leader in the development and implementation of nutrient reduction strategies, first for the Delta region, and subsequently for the Uplands and Coastal regions. Finally, these three (3) regional nutrient reduction strategies have been integrated into Mississippi’s Strategies to Reduce Nutrients and Associated Pollutants strategies. The components of these regional strategies include:

    • Involving and Engaging Stakeholders
    • Establishing Quantitative Reduction Targets
    • Characterizing Watersheds and Prioritizing Sites
    • Reviewing Approaches Being Used by Other States
    • Synthesizing Current Status and Historical Trends
    • Documenting Lessons Learned from Other Studies
    • Evaluating and Selecting Appropriate Analytical Tools
    • Identifying Management Practices Applicable for the Delta, Uplands and Coastal Watersheds and Receiving Water Bodies
        o Water Management
        o Input Management
        o Best Management Practices (BMPs)
        o Point Source Treatment
    • Implementing Monitoring Programs
        o Tiered Monitoring Approach
        o Quality Assurance/Quality Control
    • Creating/Identifying Economic Incentives and Funding Sources

Please click on the links below to view the finalized nutrient reduction strategies of Mississippi:

These nutrient reduction strategies emphasize nonpoint source-related issues. However, to ensure a comprehensive approach is implemented, point source treatment is also addressed. For additional information concerning nutrient reduction in Mississippi, please contact MDEQ Basin Management Branch, at (601) 961-5171.