State of Water: Nutrient Pollution Damaging County Waterways

DELAND — As the population continues to grow and sea levels continue to rise, Volusia County residents over the next few decades can expect their relationship with water to change. Not necessarily for the better — unless changes occur.

Last week, at the annual State of Our Water conference sponsored by the Volusia Water Alliance, scientists, educators and other local experts addressed challenges to the county’s waterways.

Among the biggest challenges is nutrient pollution, which occurs when nutrients, primarily nitrogen and phosphorus, end up in water, causing algal growth.

“Not only is it an environmental disaster, but it’s an economic disaster,” said Lisa Rinaman...