Massive Dead Zone Announced, EPA Sidesteps Goal

New Orleans, LA—Today’s Dead Zone announcement from Louisiana researchers revealed that EPA has failed to meet a major goal it set in 2001 to reduce Mississippi River water pollution that is destroying aquatic life in the Gulf of Mexico. The Louisiana University Marine Consortium and Louisiana State University issued a LUMCON earlier today in which […]

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MRC Group in Wisconsin Helps Citizens Challenge Permit, Cites Environmental Threat

On Monday, nine residents concerned with a proposed expansion of rail lines carrying crude oil through the Upper Mississippi River Basin filed a legal challenge to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ decision to issue a wetland fill and bridge permit to Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF). Citizen petitioners say the DNR’s environmental analysis […]

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The Case Heard ‘Round the EPA

Tuesday’s unanimous decision by the Board of the Des Moines Water Works (DMWW) to sue three rural counties upstream of the city’s drinking water intake system should be echoing throughout the halls of the US EPA’s Office of Water. In the lawsuit, DMWW accuses the heavily agricultural upstream counties of violating the Clean Water Act […]

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From Toledo to the Gulf, Water Pollution Threats Increasing

USA—Just two days after hundreds of thousands of Toledo residents were advised not to bathe in or drink their own tap water, today scientists from the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium released their annual measurement of the Gulf of Mexico’s Dead Zone, and the results are grim. The Dead Zone, named for the result of oxygen […]

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Dead Zone Decision: EPA Must Act on Mississippi River Pollution

The U.S. District Court in Eastern Louisiana ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday to determine within six months whether to set new limits on the pollution that is fueling the dangerous algae growth choking the waters throughout the Mississippi River basin, the Gulf of Mexico and waters across the country. Attorneys at the […]

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Massive Gulf Dead Zone signifies lack of action by EPA

This week, scientists from the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium completed their annual measurement of the Gulf of Mexico’s Dead Zone, which measured 5,800 square miles, larger than the state of Connecticut. The Dead Zone is an area of water at the mouth of the Mississippi River which is oxygen-deprived due to excess nitrogen and phosphorus […]

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Mississippi River Collaborative Offers Principles to Shape Minnesota Agricultural Pollution Plan

CHAMPAIGN, IL– In a letter to Minnesota’s Commissioner of Agriculture, members of the Mississippi River Collaborative offer 11 guiding principles essential to the state’s plan for reducing farm pollution impacts. Minnesota is considering piloting a state agricultural water quality certification program where agricultural businesses, in exchange for implementing measures to reduce pollution to streams and […]

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