Eutrophication is the end result of an excessive enrichment of waters with
nutrients, and it is still one of the major environmental problems across Europe.
Eutrophication is caused by large anthropogenic inputs of the
nutrients nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) to the aquatic environment
from a range of societal sectors.
Over the last 10 years, the EEA has presented results on the contribution
of nitrogen and phosphorus to the pollution of the aquatic environment
by sector (housing, agriculture, industry and so on). The study aims to
update the information on anthropogenic sources of N and P in the environment.
Of the total load of nitrogen and phosphorus to the aquatic environment
agricultural land is the principal source of nitrogen pollution, contributing
50-80 % of the total load. In the case of phosphorus, point sources such as
households and industry still tend to be the most significant source. However, as point source
discharges in many countries have been markedly reduced during the last
15 years, agriculture has sometimes become the main source.
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This news article has been sourced from the resource recovery forum: http://www.resourcesnotwaste.org/