What You Can Do
Nitrate (NO3-) is a naturally occurring compound made up of nitrogen and oxygen. Nitrogen is an essential nutrient for plant growth, but human activities produce more nitrogen than natural systems can use.
Fertilizers, manure and sewage all add extra nitrogen to the landscape. As this nitrogen moves through the environment, it becomes nitrate. The nitrate can then make its way to streams and sources of drinking water via surface runoff or groundwater saturation. Excess nitrate in water can pose serious problems for the health of humans and the environment.
You can help.
Take the Nitrate Watch Pledge and we will send you a FREE kit containing everything you need to measure nitrate in your drinking water or local waterways. See what's in the kit.
Interested in becoming a Nitrate Watch partner organization? Email email@example.com.
Your kit will include a bottle containing 25 nitrate test strips which you can use to test your water source(s) throughout the year. You'll also receive postcards explaining how to use your nitrate test strips and how to share your Nitrate Watch results on the Clean Water Hub.
This simple volunteer science project will help you see whether nitrate is polluting your waterways and creating health risks in your community. Join Nitrate Watch now and be the first to know when free test kits are available!
The Izaak Walton League of America has an application pending with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to register Nitrate Watch.
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