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VICTORY:
Court Throws Out Massive Gulf Oil & Gas Lease Sale

Healthy Gulf, represented by EarthJustice, sued the federal government to stop Lease Sale 257. The judge ruled that the agency violated federal law by relying on a seriously flawed analysis from the Trump Administration of the climate change impacts of drilling in the Gulf.

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Help Us Protect Your Water

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

At the Intersection of the Environment & Justice

our work: A JUST TRANSITION

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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Help Us PROTECT YOUR WATER

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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Your voice is needed on these important issues.
Here’s how you can take action — and why it matters.

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Cyn Sarthou

Big News: Cyn Is Retiring!

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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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