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State Health Department warns about possible toxic algae bloom developing in Lake Pontchartrain

Christina Watkins / BRProud.com 24 June 2019 The Louisiana Department of Health issued an advisory Friday for a potentially large algal bloom developing in Lake Pontchartrain. The department is advising people to avoid contact, including swimming, with blue-green algae as exposure can be harmful for some people. An algal bloom is the rapid growth of [...]

2019-07-10T15:17:08+00:00June 24th, 2019|News|Comments Off on State Health Department warns about possible toxic algae bloom developing in Lake Pontchartrain

Wet spring linked to forecast for big Gulf of Mexico ‘dead zone’ this summer

Rebecca Lindsey / Climate.gov 18 June 2019 The extremely wet 2019 spring that brought terrible flooding to large parts of the Missouri and Mississippi River watersheds has also set the stage for a very large ‘dead zone’ in the Gulf of Mexico later this summer. Last week, NOAA issued its annual forecast, saying that the summer dead zone—an area [...]

2019-07-02T20:05:19+00:00June 18th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Wet spring linked to forecast for big Gulf of Mexico ‘dead zone’ this summer

There’s a giant dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico — thanks in large part to pollution from Chicago

Tony Briscoe / Chicago Tribune 14 June, 2019 Just off the coast of Louisiana, where the Mississippi River lets out into the Gulf of Mexico, an enormous algae bloom, fueled by fertilizer from Midwestern farm fields and urban sewage, creates an area so devoid of oxygen it’s uninhabitable to most marine life every summer. Nutrients [...]

2019-06-25T18:25:10+00:00June 14th, 2019|News|Comments Off on There’s a giant dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico — thanks in large part to pollution from Chicago

Scientists Warn Summer ‘Dead Zone’ in Gulf of Mexico Could Span ‘Roughly the Size of Massachusetts’

Jessica Corbett / Common Dreams 11 June 2019 While the near-record forecast is partly due to the "abnormally high amount of spring rainfall" in the Midwest, experts also called for agricultural reforms to address the alarming long-term trend. U.S. scientists on Monday warned that because of runoff from human activities—such as urbanization and agriculture—this summer's [...]

2019-07-02T18:11:44+00:00June 11th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Scientists Warn Summer ‘Dead Zone’ in Gulf of Mexico Could Span ‘Roughly the Size of Massachusetts’

A ‘dead zone’ the size of Massachusetts could hit the Gulf this summer

Nsikan Akpan / PBS NewsHour 11 June 2019 April showers might mean May flowers, but this year’s May showers could bring a giant choking swarm of death to wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico. On Monday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its annual Gulf forecast for this summer’s “dead zone” — a pocket of little [...]

2019-07-02T19:45:20+00:00June 11th, 2019|News|Comments Off on A ‘dead zone’ the size of Massachusetts could hit the Gulf this summer

Near-Record Dead Zone Predicted This Year

Travis Lux / WWNO New Orleans, Public Radio 10 June 2019 The dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico is predicted to be the second biggest in history, according to a new forecast from the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON). The dead zone is mostly caused by agricultural run-off from the Mississippi River; nutrients from fertilizers like [...]

2019-07-02T20:07:54+00:00June 10th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Near-Record Dead Zone Predicted This Year

This Year’s ‘Dead Zone’ Is Forecast To Be One Of The Gulf of Mexico’s Largest

Nina Golgowski / Huffpost 10 June 2019 The oxygen-starved area, which kills marine life and habitats, is expected to be the size of Massachusetts. Scientists are expecting this year’s “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico to be one of the largest in recorded history because of alarming amounts of rainfall and pollution. The oxygen-starved [...]

2019-07-02T18:42:42+00:00June 10th, 2019|News|Comments Off on This Year’s ‘Dead Zone’ Is Forecast To Be One Of The Gulf of Mexico’s Largest

Near-record ‘dead zone’ expected after spring floods in Mississippi River watershed

Advocate staff 10 June 2019 The 2019 "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico could be the second largest on record because high water in the Mississippi River watershed will funnel excessive nutrients and fertilizer downstream this year. Every year, nutrients and fertilizer rush down the Mississippi River into the Gulf to create a zone [...]

2019-07-02T19:30:27+00:00June 10th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Near-record ‘dead zone’ expected after spring floods in Mississippi River watershed

‘A major punch in the gut’: Midwest rains projected to create near-record dead zone in Gulf

Sarah Kaplan / Washington Post 10 June 2019 As rain deluged the Midwest this spring, commercial fisherman Ryan Bradley knew it was only a matter of time before the disaster reached him. All that water falling on all that fertilizer-enriched farmland would soon wend its way through streams and rivers into Bradley’s fishing grounds in [...]

2019-07-02T19:57:48+00:00June 10th, 2019|News|Comments Off on ‘A major punch in the gut’: Midwest rains projected to create near-record dead zone in Gulf

Massive 8,000-mile ‘dead zone’ could be one of the gulf’s largest

Sarah Gibbens / National Geographic 10 June 2019 Record-breaking Midwest rainfall washed tons of fertilizer and sewage water out to sea, contributing to a devastatingly large patch of polluted water, scientists say. Just off the coast of Louisiana and Texas where the Mississippi River empties, the ocean is dying. The cyclical event known as the [...]

2019-07-02T19:13:54+00:00June 10th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Massive 8,000-mile ‘dead zone’ could be one of the gulf’s largest