Louisiana Signs New Hypoxia Action Plan with Other Mississippi River StatesLouisiana CPRA For Immediate Release: June 16, 2008
Contact: Chris Macaluso
NEW ORLEANS — The State of Louisiana joined the eight other states along the Mississippi River, the State of Ohio and several federal agencies in signing a revised national action plan to reduce hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico at a meeting of the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force Monday in New Orleans.
Garret Graves, chairman of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, reminded members of the Task Force of the absolute need to clean the water in the Mississippi River since that water and sediment are the most important resources needed to restore and sustain Louisiana’s rapidly eroding coastal marshes.
"The Jindal Administration has made it a priority for
The revised action plan calls for all involved to continue and expand activities to reduce the amount of nitrates and phosphorus emptying into the
Researchers studying the dead zone say this year’s may be the largest ever recorded thanks to increased fertilizer use in the Midwest and flooding along the Mississippi River dumping more water than usual into the
"The Gulf’s world class recreational and commercial fishing is at stake," he said. "This industry is not only a major contributor to the region’s economy, but is a huge part of the heritage of the people of our state and region. The culture of fishing has shaped
The Action Plan is a voluntary effort that supports state and federal initiatives to reduce nutrient runoff into the river while encouraging private projects to do the same.
"The action plan signed today will provide a solid foundation for an aggressive program to reduce and eliminate the nutrients that cause the Gulf dead zone."
The action plan can be read by clicking the following link: http://epa.gov/msbasin/taskforce/actionplan08.htm