July 12, 2013 - Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland
Nutrient pollution effects the economy by impacting tourism, property values, commercial fishing, recreational businesses and many other sectors that depend on clean water. The tourism industry loses close to $1 billion each year, mostly through losses in fishing and boating activities, as a result of water bodies that have been affected by nutrient pollution. Waterfront properties near waters affected by nutrient pollution can be severely impacted.
For more information, visit www2.epa.gov/nutrientpollution
Photo by Eric Vance, U.S. EPA