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Nitrogen – Management response

Nitrogen – Management response

Flow chart showing the major elements associated with nutrient management

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Management practices to reduce nitrogen load entering a wetland:

Fences, Photo by DESI

  • Adequate buffer zones
  • Alternative uses of manure/manure transport (i.e. finding an alternative use for the excess manure or transporting the manure out of the catchment)
  • Farm management systems (nutrients)
  • Fire management plans
  • Manure additives to bind phosphorus into less soluble forms
  • Nutrient application methods (e.g. subsurface application), rates (e.g. appropriate for plant growth stage and current soil levels) and timing (e.g. not during heavy rain/rainy season)
  • Point source licensing and enforcement
  • Presence of conservation buffers
  • Revegetation (wetland/fringing zone/catchment)
  • Septic denitrification to reduce the amount of nitrogen that leaves the septic system
  • Stock management (e.g. controlled grazing regimes, fencing out of wetlands)
  • Stormwater and drainage management (e.g. tail-water detention, sediment traps, grassed swales)
  • Management practices that reduce erosion/soil loss as phosphorus binds to sediments


See the nitrogen conceptual model pages for additional information on nitrogen and how it interacts with, and moves through, different systems.

Last updated: 16 October 2020

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Department of Environment, Science and Innovation, Queensland (2020) Nitrogen – Management response, WetlandInfo website, accessed 18 March 2024. Available at:

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