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Towards a Transboundary Nitrogen Management System: Nitrogen Assessment and Management – Northwest Transboundary Regional Collaboration

Posted by | February 21, 2021

Collaborators: J Baron, R Black, R Sheibley, M Munn (US Geological Survey), J Compton, L Chang, S Koo-Oshima (US Environmental Protection Agency), S Bittman
(Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada), C Gaudet, G Graham, C Wong (Environment and Climate Change Canada), G Boggs, N Embertson (Whatcom Conservation District), G Bahr (Washington
Department of Agriculture), B Carey, S Collyard (Washington Department of Ecology), G Stern (Washington Department of Health), J Nimmo, D Poon (British Columbia Ministry of
Agriculture), K Kuhlman, H Winter, J Mattson (Lummi Nation), O Grah (Nooksack Indian Tribe), P Kiffney (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), D Hooper, B Mitchell, B Webber, P Homann, M Hatch, D Shull, J Helfield (Western Washington University), E Norman, M Peacock, S Tadlock (Northwest Indian College), E Davidson, R Nifong (University of Maryland Center for
Environmental Studies), J Harrison (Washington State University), S Smukler, H Schreier (University of British Columbia), T Cummings (National Park Service), H MacKay (Natural Resources
Marketplace), R Mikkelsen (International Plant Nutrition Institute)

Associated with: The International Nitrogen Initiative

Project Summary:

Bellingham Bay and the Nooksack River Basin will provide the test case for an international nitrogen (N) management system for North America. Spanning a portion of the western interface of the U.S. and Canada, the region supports intensive agriculture, freshwater and estuarine fisheries, diverse wildlife, cities and towns, and to the east, North Cascades National Park that is protected by the US Wilderness Acts. Using abundant data and model activities from a well-established scientific community, our project seeks to create knowledge, build regional capacity, and forge collaborations toward creation of regional N management solutions that protect or restore ecosystems and human health affected by excess reactive N while maintaining a vibrant agricultural community.