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. Jan. 29, 2020Nandita Basu Invited to give Seminar at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

    Nandita Basu has been invited to give a seminar at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York. The seminar titled ‘Land use legacies, climate change, and the future of our water’, will be held January 30th at 11:00am. Attendance is free.

  2. Nov. 27, 2019Tamara defends her MSc thesis!
    Tamara presenting her MSc thesis

    Tamara Van Staden, LEAP student, successfully defended her MSc thesis today titled "Phosphorus Legacies and Water Quality Risks: A Vulnerability-Based Framework in Southern Ontario". Tamara completed her MSc research under the supervision of Philippe Van Cappellen and her advisory committee, Nandita Basu and Chris Parsons.

    Congratulations, Tamara!

  3. Nov. 20, 2019Knowledge gaps and research priorities for managing Lake Erie’s algal blooms
    Algal bloom in Lake Erie

    A perspective paper published in the journal Freshwater Science, co-authored by LEAP researcher Philippe Van Cappellen, outlines the main knowledge gaps and uncertainties facing the remediation of eutrophication and associated harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie. 

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