Our Views: Dead zone growingBy The Advocate
25 June 2013
The growth of dead zones has been linked with commercial fertilizer runoff into the Mississippi River, which then carries the runoff into the Gulf. We need a healthy Gulf to sustain the state’s fisheries, a vital food source for the world. We’re glad that Louisiana scientists are collaborating with scientists in other states to explore solutions to this problem. Many of the factors driving dead zones develop far beyond the state’s borders, and limiting the growth of dead zones must be a national mandate — even for those Americans who live far from the coast.