Nutrient Pollution Definition

Nutrient pollution is the procedure where too many nutrients, generally nitrogen and phosphorus, are added to bodies of water and can proceed like fertilizer, causing extreme growth of algae. Nutrient pollution, a type of water pollution, refers to pollution by extreme inputs of nutrients. It is a prime cause of eutrophication of surface waters, in which excess nutrients, generally nitrogen or phosphorus, stimulate algal growth. Sources of nutrient pollution contain surface overflow from farm fields and pastures.