|Nutrients concentration in Nation's streams |
At the briefing, Lori Sprague, Surface-Water Trends Coordinator for NAWQA, will present findings on trends in nutrient and pesticide concentrations, focusing on the Mississippi River Basin, which covers about 40% of the Nation. The Mississippi River Basin landscape encompasses many of the agricultural, urban, and climatic influences on water quality that impact national water quality trends. A highlight of the briefing will be information on trends in nitrate levels from the Mississippi River Basin to the Gulf of Mexico, first reported in late October, 2013.
Dr. Suzanne Bricker of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Coastal Ocean Assessments, Status, and Trends Branch will also speak, describing her work to assess estuarine health and will relate that to the trends seen in NAWQA’s monitoring and assessments.
The briefing will be free and open to the public. Details on the briefing location are yet to be determined, and will be made available at a later date.