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. July 13, 2018LEAP Annual Meeting 2018

    The second annual LEAP researcher meeting was hosted by University of Waterloo researchers, in Niagara Falls, Canada. The 2-day (June 11-12) meeting brought together researchers the work package leads, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students from the University of Coimbra, University of Waterloo, University of Copenhagen, and Stockholm University. 


  2. Apr. 16, 2018Gulf of Mexico dead zone not expected to shrink anytime soonGulf of Mexico

    Achieving water quality goals for the Gulf of Mexico may take decades, according to findings by Water Institute researchers at the University of Waterloo.

    The results, published in Science, suggest that policy goals for reducing the size of the northern Gulf of Mexico’s dead zone may be unrealistic, and that major changes in agricultural and river management practices may be necessary to achieve the desired improvements in water quality.

  3. Apr. 3, 2018Tamara Receives NSERC Scholarship

    Tamara Van Staden, a current Master's student working on the LEAP project, has been awarded an NSERC Scholarship, starting in the fall. The NSERC award is one of the Tri-Agency scholarships awarded to master's students based on academic achievement, research potential, and extra-curricular activity. Congratulations, Tamara!

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