The strategy seeks to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus loads by 45 percent by 2035. Illinois’ plan is among 12 others by Mississippi River Basin states designed to stop excessive nitrate nitrogen and phosphorus contamination in the Gulf of Mexico and improve water quality.

“It is encouraging to see Director Sullivan bring leadership to the NLRS in the first 100 days of the new administration. So many Illinois farmers and landowners are energized to build healthy soil and reduce nutrient pollution to our drinking water,” said Liz Moran Stelk, Executive Director of the Illinois Stewardship Alliance. “Our sustainable agriculture coalition is excited to work with the new Director, Deputy Director Warren Goetsch and Senator Bennett to ensure farmers have the tools they need to protect our vital resources

Having passed the Environment and Conservation Committee, SR 52 is now scheduled for consideration before the full Senate.

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