Welcome to Legacies of Agricultural Pollutants

Human activities have greatly accelerated the nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) cycles, with excess N and P leaching into surface and groundwaters, causing problems of eutrophication, aquatic toxicity and drinking water contamination.

Protecting water quality in the face of a growing population and the corresponding demands on agriculture is critical to ensuring both water and food security for generations to come.

Legacies of Agricultural Pollutants (LEAP) is going to develop a unified framework that incorporates agricultural legacies and time lags into adaptive management strategies to protect water resources under changing climate and land use. 

  1. Sep. 27, 2017Efforts to reduce pollution from agriculture paying off slowlyrunoff of soil fertilzer

    Efforts by farmers to reduce the amount of fertilizer that reaches drinking water sources can take years to have a positive impact, according to a recent study from the University of Waterloo.

  2. Aug. 22, 2017Research Spotlight: Small Wetlands Retain Lion’s Share of Nutrientsprairie wetlands

    research publication by Water Institute member and lead LEAP researcher, Nandita Basu, and Collaborative Water Program student, Fred Cheng, was recently featured in EOS after the American Geophysical Union wrote a Research Spotligh

  3. Aug. 14, 2017Pan European Networks features LEAP project

    The Leap project has been featured in a special report on the Pan European Networks website. The full article can be viewed at: http://www.paneuropeannetworks.com/special-reports/reconciling-agriculture-and-water-quality/

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