Link between Gulf’s Dead Zone and Florida’s Red Tide

“[I]t’s like all the waters [from the Mississippi River] are moving to the east.” Robert Arnone is a Mississippi River professor who analyzes water flow into and around the Gulf of Mexico. For nearly half a year, the waters of the Gulf have been pushing eastward, contributing to the devastating Red Tide that has decimated […]

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2018 Dead Zone Smaller, But Still Above Average

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that the size of the 2018 Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone (where the Mississippi River meets the Gulf) is estimated to be smaller than last year, at 5,780 sq. mi, or roughly the size of Connecticut. While this is good news, to be sure, the Dead Zone […]

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Measurement Confirms Largest Dead Zone on Record

It’s official. The annual Dead Zone measurement has been released and a lamentable record has been set. The 2017 Dead Zone off the coast of Louisiana is the largest since 1985, when the measurements began. Today, researchers revealed the Dead Zone is nearly 9,000 square miles, or roughly the size of New Jersey. The oxygen-deprived […]

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Largest Dead Zone on Record?

The annual Gulf Dead Zone prediction is out, and it does not look good for Gulf marine life. Yesterday, researchers announced that this year’s Dead Zone – an area at the mouth of the Mississippi River with such low amounts of oxygen that most sea life must swim away or suffocate – has the potential […]

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Un-Mucking Illinois’ Waterways

Environmental groups have settled long-running litigation against the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) over pollution from three of its Chicago-area sewage treatment plants.  The agreement requires the parties to work together to curb phosphorous discharges from the plants that are fueling algae blooms and lowering water quality in the Chicago River system […]

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Toxic Algae Persists, but No “Official” Measurement of Dead Zone This Year

On July 29, NOAA announced cancellation of the annual measurement of the Gulf Coast Dead Zone for the first time in 27 years, despite issuing a dire projection of its size earlier in the summer. Since 1985, Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium has conducted an annual measurement of the size of the Dead Zone, an area […]

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Prediction for 2016 Dead Zone is Massive

The newest Dead Zone projection from Louisiana researchers shows that EPA is far short of a major goal to reduce the hypoxic zone in the Gulf. In 2001, EPA pledged to reduce the Mississippi River pollution destroying aquatic life in the Gulf of Mexico, but it predict an even larger Dead Zone in 2016 than last year.  […]

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Nitrogen & Phosphorus Pollution Worse, Not Better

It has been almost 20 years since the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Task Force (HTF) was created to reduce, mitigate, and control hypoxia in the region, and over a year since its major deadline – to shrink the Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico by 45% by 2015 – came and went. But not only […]

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