Upper Mississippi River Watershed- Wisconsin. Photographer Bob Nichols with USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service


Healthy Gulf is looking for an Executive Director to lead the organization’s efforts to advance climate justice and coastal adaptation and move the region towards a just transition.

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Gulf Communities are Demanding No New Leases in the Gulf

Every oil spill started with a lease sale. The oil industry currently holds nearly 8 million acres of leases in the Gulf which they have yet to develop. Gulf Coast communities no longer wish to be a sacrifice zone for oil industry profits. This five-year program should stop new oil leasing in the Gulf as the first step in a transition to renewable energy that is rooted in justice for Gulf communities.

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Water connects us all—from the headwaters of the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico, Gulf communities rely on clean water to live—for drinking, fishing, working, and recreating.
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Our 2022 annual report is now available!

A year’s worth of stories fighting for Gulf communities, in a new digital format!

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At the Intersection of the Environment & Justice


Healthy Gulf focuses on a just transition that moves us away from extractive systems of energy production,
consumption, and political oppression, and towards resilient, regenerative and equitable economies.

Advance climate justice

We support coastal communities as they adapt to climate change.

Conserve gulf resources

We protect and restore the fish, oysters, and other marine resources that sustain our coastal communities.

Hold industry accountable

We monitor, document, resist, and reduce the impacts of industry in the Gulf.

Protect Clean Water

We monitor, communicate and influence water policies and permits to prevent or reduce pollution.

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Water connects us all — From the headwaters of the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico. Gulf communities rely on clean water to live— for drinking, fishing, working and recreating. Join the fight for a healthy Gulf.

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The Importance of the Gulf of Mexico

The Gulf of Mexico is a magnificent sea of amazing diversity and abundance in both physical and biological resources. Covering some 600,000 square miles, the Gulf is bordered by three countries–the United States, Mexico and Cuba—and in the U.S. it touches five states: Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. 

The Gulf shoreline stretches approximately 3,540 miles from the tip of Florida to the tip of the Yucatan, with another 236 miles along Cuba. Most of the U.S. shoreline is sandy or crushed coral beach, with areas of emergent marsh along the Mississippi River delta and mangrove forests in more sheltered areas such as south Florida.  

Much of the gulf basin consists of waters hundreds of feet deep that extend over continental shelves, though there is a trough in its southwest quadrant called the Sigsbee Deep that drops to as deep as 14,383 feet. Along the U.S. Gulf coast are shallower waters with 33 major river systems and dozens of estuaries—smaller semi-enclosed coastal areas where freshwater from rivers mixes with the saline waters of the Gulf. The Mississippi River drains 41% of the continental U.S. and carries a massive amount of freshwater and sediment that directly influences large areas of the northern Gulf. 

The Gulf and adjacent coastal areas include a range of habitats, including open water offshore that supports several species of whales, and deepwater areas that support rare deep sea corals. Along adjacent coastal areas are submerged vegetation (seagrass), oyster beds, mudflats and saltmarsh that is part of over 5 million acres of wetlands. This combination of habitats nurtures an array of fish and wildlife, including multiple fisheries that make the Gulf one of the richest areas of harvest in the world, providing around 40% of U.S. seafood production. 

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