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Reducing Your Nitrogen Footprint

You can calculate your nitrogen footprint at

You can calculate your nitrogen footprint at

Dr K was asked a question by  students from Greenwich Country Day school doing a project on nitrogen in Long Island Sound.

Q: What can I do to reduce the amount of nitrogen that goes into Long Island Sound?

Dr. K:

This is a great question, and it’s one that I get asked pretty frequently. The things that we can do to reduce our impact on climate change are very well discussed and publicized, but much less so for nitrogen loading. Some of the actions are similar, but some are very different. Here’s a few suggestions:

If you want to see how your daily activities influence your nitrogen footprint, and how your footprint compares to other Americans, and people around the world, you can check out the interactive Nitrogen Footprint calculator at

Jason Krumholz, aka Dr. K, spent three years as the NOAA liaison to EPA’s Long Island Sound Office. Dr. Krumholz received his doctorate in oceanography at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography.



Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA or NOAA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA or NOAA do not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.


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