The Water Environment Federation (WEF), in collaboration with US EPA, has launched the NutrientSmart (NSmart) program to help reduce nutrient loadings in waterways and recognize the water utilities that are leaders and innovators. NSmart will begin as a pilot program and encourage the adoption of enhanced nutrient management practices by water utilities and distribute information on tools and methods for lowering nutrients.
To participate in the NSmart program, utilities must demonstrate intent or actions toward enhanced nutrient management. The program has a component for utility-community engagement through outreach and for reduction of nitrogen, phosphorus, or both. Additionally, the program recognizes utilities implementing an innovative strategy to achieve those reductions.
The recognition levels of NSmart are:
- Advocate: Participants working toward active engagement for nutrient reduction within their watershed via outreach. The facility is working toward implementing a nutrient reduction strategy that results in reductions between 30-69.9 percent.
- Partner: This level is for WRRFs with a fully implemented nutrient reduction plan and that have an active outreach program. The utility can choose to focus on reducing nitrogen, phosphorus or both. Tiers are divided based on percent nutrient reduction – silver 70-84.9 percent, gold 85-89.9 percent and platinum 90+ percent reduction.
- Innovator: This recognition is a competition for utilities that are currently in the partner level. The facility can earn additional recognition for innovation related to nutrient reduction. Facilities will be evaluated against one another based on subdivisions of design flowrate. Innovator recognition falls into the categories of Treatment Technology and Leadership in Nutrient Management.
For more information visit this website: https://www.wef.org/NSMART/