Journal article

Best Management Practices for Diffuse Nutrient Pollution: Wicked Problems Across Urban and Agricultural Watersheds

Anna Lintern, Lauren McPhillips, Brandon Winfrey, Jonathan Duncan, Caitlin Grady

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY | AMER CHEMICAL SOC | Published : 2020

Abstract

Extensive time and financial resources have been dedicated to address nonpoint sources of nitrogen and phosphorus in watersheds. Despite these efforts, many watersheds have not seen substantial improvement in water quality. The objective of this study is to review the literature and investigate key factors affecting the lack of improvement in nutrient levels in waterways in urban and agricultural regions. From 94 studies identified in the academic literature, we found that, although 60% of studies found improvements in water quality after implementation of Best Management Practices (BMPs) within the watershed, these studies were mostly modeling studies rather than field monitoring studies. F..

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