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Briefing on Nitrate Removal

  • SVC 200, Capitol Visitor Center (map)

Please Join the Northeast-Midwest Institute for a briefing on Wednesday, May 23, at 1:00 PM.  The briefing will examine the conclusions of a recently-released report by NEMWI that evaluated the costs associated with removing nutrients from the Mississippi River.

Nitrate pollution on the Mississippi River is increasing, which is resulting in higher treatment costs to ensure safe drinking water, according to a new Northeast-Midwest Institute study of drinking water treatment costs at water utilities. Elevated nitrate concentrations in water sources and increasing water treatment costs ultimately mean higher water bills for consumers. These and other findings are especially urgent as the current House text of the next Farm Bill would shutter key programs within the conservation title that alleviate nitrate pollution.  This urgency is further highlighted by the rollback of various environmental regulations, which will likely result in lower standards and even higher water treatment costs.

This briefing is an opportunity to hear the highlights of this new study and to learn about its implications for federal agricultural and environmental policy.  The panel will include the following experts:

• Dr. Sridhar (Sri) Vedachalam, Director of the Safe Drinking Water Research and Policy Program, Northeast-Midwest Institute
• John Albert, Chief Research Officer, Water Research Foundation
• Jimmy Bramblett, Deputy Chief – Programs, Natural Resources Conservation Service United States Department of Agriculture
• Eric Heath, Senior Policy Counsel, Northeast-Midwest Institute

To RSVP, please email events@nemw.org

If you have any questions, please contact Eric Heath, Senior Policy Counsel for the Mississippi River Basin Program at the Northeast-Midwest Institute ateheath@nemw.org.