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Federal officials gather in Baton Rouge for latest meeting on Gulf of Mexico’s dead zone

Kelly Beile / BRProud.com 17 May 2019 Federal officials gather in Baton Rouge for latest meeting on Gulf of Mexico's dead zone Federal officials with the United States Environmental Protection Agency gathered in downtown Baton Rouge for the hypoxia task force meeting today. Assistant administrator for the EPA Office of Water Dave Ross, spoke exclusively [...]

2019-05-31T18:36:05+00:00May 17th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Federal officials gather in Baton Rouge for latest meeting on Gulf of Mexico’s dead zone

‘Large to very large’ Gulf of Mexico dead zone expected this year; Here’s what caused it

Steve Hardy / The Advocate 16 May 2019 Scientists are predicting a "large to very large" Gulf of Mexico dead zone this year. It may even wind up being the largest on record. Experts discussed their forecast at a Thursday morning meeting of the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Task Force, a coalition of state [...]

2019-05-31T18:31:41+00:00May 16th, 2019|News|Comments Off on ‘Large to very large’ Gulf of Mexico dead zone expected this year; Here’s what caused it

Flooding makes big ‘dead zone’ off Louisiana coast likely

Janet McConnaughey / AP 16 May 2019 NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The year’s widespread flooding has made it likely that a big, oxygen-starved “dead zone” off Louisiana’s coast will form this summer, the head of the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science said Thursday. Preliminary computer model runs “indicate a large to very large year,” [...]

2019-05-31T18:25:26+00:00May 16th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Flooding makes big ‘dead zone’ off Louisiana coast likely

How Historic Flooding in the Midwest Could Fuel the Gulf of Mexico ‘Dead Zone’

Brian Kahn / Earther 27 March 2019 Photo: Getty The byzantine networks of rivers and streams that drain the Midwest is facing a flooding crisis of historic proportions. The multibillion disaster centered in Nebraska will spread this spring, with above average rainfall expected to cause floods to impact some 200 million Americans living [...]

2019-04-12T09:54:00+00:00March 27th, 2019|News|Comments Off on How Historic Flooding in the Midwest Could Fuel the Gulf of Mexico ‘Dead Zone’

All of Louisiana will be at some flood risk in spring, experts predict in new outlook

Steve Hardy / The Advocate 21 March 2019 The Mr. Andre', a DAL-CO Marine Services supply boat, passes in front of the Louisiana State Capitol, seen across the Mississippi River from the Old Ferry Landing in Port Allen, Wednesday, March 20, 2019. (Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK) All of Louisiana will be [...]

2019-04-12T09:37:00+00:00March 21st, 2019|News|Comments Off on All of Louisiana will be at some flood risk in spring, experts predict in new outlook

TREADING WATER | Unfocused and underfunded, goal of cleaner water falters

Erin Jordan / The Gazette 3 December 2018 Chapter 1: America’s Midwest faces worsening trouble with undrinkable well water, recreational lakes choked with toxic algae and water treatment plants requiring budget-busting upgrades to remove pollution washing from farm fields and industries. A government task force said in 2008 it would cut nitrate and phosphorus pollution [...]

2018-12-18T21:22:48+00:00December 3rd, 2018|News|Comments Off on TREADING WATER | Unfocused and underfunded, goal of cleaner water falters

‘Dead zone’ worsens troubles for Louisiana shrimpers

Erin Jordan / The Gazette2 December 2018 'They need to say it's against the law to pollute downstream' Tommy Olander Jr. on Aug. 9 drives his family's shrimping boat in Vermillion Bay off the Louisiana coast near Jeanerette. Vermillion Bay, inland of the oxygen-deprived “dead zone,” was expected soon to be full of shrimp boats [...]

2018-12-21T13:44:24+00:00December 2nd, 2018|News|Comments Off on ‘Dead zone’ worsens troubles for Louisiana shrimpers

Interactive: The Gulf Dead Zone Through the Years

Max Freund / The Gazette 2 December 2018 The hypoxic, or low-oxygen, mass of water in Louisiana coastal waters west of the Mississippi River is often called the dead zone because fish, shrimp and other species that can swim away do because there’s too little oxygen to survive. The size of the dead zone has [...]

2018-12-21T13:51:30+00:00December 2nd, 2018|News|Comments Off on Interactive: The Gulf Dead Zone Through the Years

Guest column: La. can learn from red tide

Matt Rota / The Advocate 8 October 2018 There is an environmental crisis in Florida right now. The red tide has spread to the Atlantic coast, and it’s affecting some of the most popular beaches near Miami. The photos of dead manatees and endangered sea turtles killed by red tide are shocking and heartbreaking. What [...]

2018-10-10T13:37:06+00:00October 8th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Guest column: La. can learn from red tide

The Strangest Deep-Sea Creatures Washed Ashore by Hurricanes

It’s not easy to push an alligator around, but hurricanes have been known to move them miles from home. Shown here is a resident of Everglades National Park, Florida. Photograph by Keith Ladzinski, National Geographic Creative Liz Langley / National Geographic 21 September 2018 Storms like Hurricane Florence take a toll on marine [...]

2018-09-25T10:36:19+00:00September 21st, 2018|News|Comments Off on The Strangest Deep-Sea Creatures Washed Ashore by Hurricanes