Nutrient Management Strategy

Welcome to the Louisiana Nutrient Management Strategy Website

Nutrient impacts and eutrophication are a nationwide water quality concern. Many entities; including the Mississippi River Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force (Hypoxia Task Force (HTF), Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force (GCERTF) recognize the need to address excess nutrients within the nation’s water bodies.

Louisiana created an interagency team comprised of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana (CPRA), Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF), Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ), and the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (LDNR). The team developed and is implementing a statewide nutrient management strategy to combat nutrient issues impacting water bodies within the State.


These state agencies worked cooperatively to develop a comprehensive strategy for nutrient management that takes into account nonpoint and point sources and includes agricultural management practices, wastewater treatment technologies, coastal programs and restoration activities in an effort to manage nutrient levels while meeting regulatory requirements under the Clean Water Act and while developing incentive-based approaches for participation of all stakeholders within the watershed community.

Stakeholder input was an important step to building a nutrient management strategy to improve water quality within the State. Input was sought from representatives of businesses, industries, municipalities, agriculture, academia, government, and non-government organizations and homeowners. Your contribution was essential to the success of this strategy.  

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The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority's (CPRA) mandate is to develop, implement and enforce a comprehensive coastal protection and restoration Master Plan. For the first time in Louisiana's history, this single state authority will integrate coastal restoration and hurricane protection by marshalling the expertise and resources of the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Transportation and Development and other state agencies, to speak with one clear voice for the future of Louisiana's coast.

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry's (LDAF) mission is to promote, protect and advance agriculture and forestry, and soil and water resources. Their vision is to be a unified and coordinated team that effectively responds to the challenges facing the agricultural and forestry industries, and which pursues each and every opportunity that might provide a benefit to the state and its citizens.

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality's (LDEQ) mission is to provide service to the people of Louisiana through comprehensive environmental protection in order to promote and protect health, safety and welfare while considering sound policies regarding employment and economic development.

The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (LDNR) mission is to preserve and enhance the nonrenewable natural resources of the state, consisting of land, water, oil, gas, and other minerals, through conservation, regulation, management and development to ensure that the state of Louisiana realizes appropriate economic benefit from its asset base. Also, LDNR exercises complex regulatory and permitting functions through the Office of Coastal Management and the Office of Conservation.


 Page last updated May 18, 2015





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