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Nutrients & Nutrient Impacts

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Nutrients are carried into estuaries and coastal waters through rain, groundwater, rivers, streams, waves and tides. Natural levels of nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus help plants and animals grow. Because of these natural levels of nutrients, coastal water bodies are highly productive areas for fish and wildlife. However, a balance of the right amounts and forms of nutrients is essential to maintaining healthy and productive Gulf ecosystems. The Governor’s Alliance provides a collaborative approach to build and evaluate tools needed to reduce excess nutrients and restore coastal waters that have been negatively impacted.

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