Our Views: Muddy water for marshes?By Opinion Page Staff
The Advocate, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Mar 16, 2008
That’s the story of the state and federal officials who pledged themselves in 2001 to reduce the “dead zone” in the
The goal was reducing the dead zone to one-fourth its size by 2015. Nothing doing; it’s still growing.
The cause is fertilizer runoff and wastewater from farms and towns along the
While the dead zone is a concern — and the
Today’s plans for restoring
But if the nutrients from agricultural runoff create a “dead zone” in the marsh, a new problem is born.
“All of this stuff is inextricably linked, all of these things have to be linked for coastal restoration in
A revised plan at a conference of state and federal officials in
We shall be very surprised if, absent forceful federal intervention, the state governments are able to take on the politically difficult task of changing farming operations.