Illinois announced its initiative to reduce nutrient pollution in the Gulf of Mexico. The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy outlines voluntary and mandatory practices for urban and agricultural sources of pollution.
They claim the practices will help the state reduce phosphorus loads by 25 percent and nitrate-nitrogen load by 15 percent by 2025. The eventual target is a 45 percent reduction.
The University of Illinois says the recommended practices of farmers of buffer strips, cover crops, and adjusting nitrogen fertilizing practices have been used successfully in the state.