Dead Zone Cruise

Dead Zone Proof of Massive Gap in Clean Water Act

The Clean Water Act is a massive and wonderful piece of legislation that drastically improved water quality in the United States and stands as a beacon of light in the dark world of ongoing water pollution. But it has a huge gap. Once a year, scientists board a boat in the Gulf of Mexico and […]

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Clear Water Farms

Regulating agricultural pollution is both difficult and contentious. US EPA has left this burden to state governments, and the pursuit of special interests from farmer associations hinder any real progress. Mississippi River Collaborative specializes in the enforcement of the Clean Water Act, but since agricultural pollution is exempt from CWA regulations, MRC must seek out […]

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Iowa Rejects Request for Lake Protections

Last week, Iowa’s Environmental Protection Commission chose to reject a petition from MRC member group Iowa Environmental Council (IEC) that asked for better water quality protections for Iowa’s recreational lakes. Iowa has 160 recreational lakes. In the last 12 years, IDNR has closed the state’s beaches nearly 200 times because of harmful algal blooms (HABs) […]

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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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MRC Org Reaches Settlement with EPA

St. Louis, MO: The Missouri Coalition for the Environment (MCE) settled a lawsuit on December 7, 2016 with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding its mandatory duty to issue effective nitrogen and phosphorus standards for lakes in Missouri. “The establishment of nutrient standards for lakes is an important step toward thorough protections of our irreplaceable […]

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New Report Discusses Health Effects of Nitrates in Drinking Water

Today the Iowa Environmental Council released an overview of research conducted on the health effects of nitrates in drinking water. The report, entitled “Nitrate in Drinking Water: A Public Health Concern for all Iowans,” suggests the negative health impacts may extend further than just the risk of methemoglobinemia, or blue baby syndrome. At a time […]

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