What is nitrate?

Nitrate-nitrogen (nitrate) is a nutrient required by aquatic flora for growth and reproduction. However, when high concentrations of nitrates make their way into groundwater and surface waters, problems often arise.

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1. What is nitrate?
2. What are the effects of nitrate on health and the environment?
3. Where do nitrates come from?
4. Are Nitrates a problem in the District?
5. How is the problem being addressed?