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Mississippi Beaches Have Been Vacant For Two Months As A Toxic Algae Bloom Lurks Offshore

Rocky Kistner / HuffPost ENVIRONMENT 08 September 2019 An algal bloom in the Gulf is devastating coastal businesses. Ship Island Excursions has survived hurricanes, global recessions, a world war and a host of economic challenges since the ferry company began taking passengers to the barrier islands that dot coastal Mississippi in the 1920s. But this [...]

2019-12-06T16:52:40+00:00September 8th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Mississippi Beaches Have Been Vacant For Two Months As A Toxic Algae Bloom Lurks Offshore

Polluting Farmers Should Pay

Catherine Kling / New York Times 26 August 2019 Dr. Kling is an environmental economist at Cornell University. Fertilizer runoff is making us sick. States can step in to regulate farmers. This year’s dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico — an area where decomposing algae consumes all oxygen in the water — logged in at nearly [...]

2019-12-06T15:42:49+00:00August 26th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Polluting Farmers Should Pay

Too Much of a Good Thing is ….

TUWaterWays Water News and More from the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law & Policy 23 August 2019 If a bit of something is good for you then surely a lot of it has to be even better for you right?  Nope, at least when it comes to nutrition where both people and natural systems can [...]

2019-12-06T16:57:01+00:00August 23rd, 2019|News|Comments Off on Too Much of a Good Thing is ….

Large 2019 dead zone in Gulf of Mexico

Deanna Conners / EarthSky 16 August 2019 This year’s Gulf of Mexico dead zone of oxygen-depleted waters is the 8th largest ever recorded. A dead zone of oxygen-depleted waters forms every summer in the Gulf of Mexico in response to nutrient runoff from the Mississippi River watershed. Scientists have been tracking the summer dead zone for 33 [...]

2019-10-16T15:16:03+00:00August 16th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Large 2019 dead zone in Gulf of Mexico

The Never Ending Story

TUWaterWays Water News and More from the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law & Policy 16 August 2019 In deciding what items to highlight in this week’s TUWW we did what we always do.  We culled obvious and obscure news sources, we checked with our network of water mavens, and listened to lots of music to put us in [...]

2019-10-16T14:52:45+00:00August 16th, 2019|News|Comments Off on The Never Ending Story

Why is Louisiana seeing more ‘showers on steroids,’ intense downpours these days?

Charles Lussier / The Advocate 11 August 2019 If it seems like rainfalls in south Louisiana are becoming more intense and flash flooding more frequent, it’s not your imagination. A new research study led by a team from LSU closely examined rainfall amounts in Louisiana over a period of decades and found that today’s showers, [...]

2019-10-16T15:05:03+00:00August 11th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Why is Louisiana seeing more ‘showers on steroids,’ intense downpours these days?

Hurricane Barry v. Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone: Who Won?

TUWaterWays Water News and More from the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy 8 August 2019 Remember Hurricane Barry?  It was the storm that coincided with elevated Mississippi River levels and, consequently, looked like it might be scarier than Game of Thrones’ Night King who had the bluest eye anyone has ever seen.  While Louisiana [...]

2019-10-16T15:05:53+00:00August 8th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Hurricane Barry v. Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone: Who Won?

NOAA, partners to report on annual Gulf of Mexico ‘dead zone’ monitoring cruise

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Media Advisory 2 July 2019, Updated 1 Aug 2019 High Mississippi River outflow and Hurricane Barry could influence final size NOAA and its academic partners will report on their recent research cruise to measure the extent of the hypoxic or “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico during a media [...]

2019-10-16T14:52:25+00:00August 1st, 2019|News|Comments Off on NOAA, partners to report on annual Gulf of Mexico ‘dead zone’ monitoring cruise

There’s An Environmental Disaster Unfolding In The Gulf of Mexico

Rocky Kistner / HuffPost ENVIRONMENT 11 July 2019 A slow-moving flood of polluted Mississippi River water is causing serious damage to Gulf species, and a major storm threatens to make it worse. As fishermen deep in the Louisiana bayou, Kindra Arnesen and her family have faced their share of life-altering challenges in recent years. First [...]

2019-12-06T17:09:24+00:00July 11th, 2019|News|Comments Off on There’s An Environmental Disaster Unfolding In The Gulf of Mexico

Tropical disturbance eyes Gulf, south Louisiana: Major rainfall possible, experts say

Mark Schleifstein / The Times Picayune 8 July 2019 National Hurricane Center forecasters believe a tropical depression or storm is very likely to form later this week in the Gulf of Mexico, but they're hedging their bets on exactly where it might pop up. In their 2 p.m. forecast Monday, forecasters estimated there’s an 80 percent [...]

2019-07-10T15:34:56+00:00July 8th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Tropical disturbance eyes Gulf, south Louisiana: Major rainfall possible, experts say