Nutrients like phosphorus and nitrogen are essential for crop growth and the key ingredient in fertilizers. However, what’s good for crops can be bad for water quality. Even a small amount of nutrients — think one drop in an Olympic-size pool — can reduce water quality, leading to algal blooms that affect Lake Winnipeg and countless other prairie lakes.

Agriculture affects water quality. However, every producer can make decisions to minimize their impacts. Learn more about your role in water quality by reading the recommendations and suggestions provided on this site.