Nutrient Reduction

Upstream Nutrient Reduction

Curb wastewater nutrient challenges: Upstream Nutrient Source Reduction Assistance

The Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) has demonstrated that source reduction assistance can improve a wastewater facility’s ability to meet effluent targets while enhancing business operations through expanded capacity, improved quality and reduced cost. MnTAP has launched a project geared towards working with facilities upstream of wastewater treatment plants to help them better-manage wastewater effluent.

Through this project, MnTAP staff and interns can help identify strategies for upstream nutrient reduction, which can:

  • Decrease load to local wastewater treatment ponds and plants
  • Reduce the burden on our local bodies of water and wildlife
  • Minimize pressure and costs for businesses that discharge wastewater


LCCMR Wastewater Nutrient Optimization Project

Webinar – Reducing Wastewater Nutrient Impacts & Costs: Solutions Through Collaboration & Upstream Source Reduction

On Tuesday, February 15th, 2022 MnTAP hosted a webinar showcasing the work of Minnesota businesses and wastewater operators, who play an integral part in minimizing pollution discharged to our local bodies of water. 

Nutrients such as Nitrogen and Phosphorous can have negative effects on our water resources, but there is not one, simple solution to prevent or remove these nutrients. Both the businesses that feed wastewater facilities and the facilities themselves have a role to play in preventing the negative effects of these nutrients.
During this webinar, speakers:

  • Showcased nutrient management challenges faced by both wastewater plant & pond operators, as well as businesses that discharge to them
  • Highlighted successes that have resulted from source reduction of nutrient loading
  • Discussed the value in working collaboratively on minimizing nutrient loading.

If your community, wastewater treatment plant and/or business could benefit from no-cost assistance with wastewater nutrient management contact

Matt Domski – Waste Prevention Specialist
Daniel Chang – Associate Engineer

MnTAP’s Wastewater Loading page provides resources and examples that demonstrate MnTAP’s work on nutrient reduction.

Funding for this project is provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR).