2013 Dead Zone Could Rival Largest Ever Measured

It looks like we are going to have a whopper of a Dead Zone in the Gulf this year…approximately the size of New Jersey, barring any hurricanes that make their way into the Gulf around the end of July when the folks at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) take the annual measurement.This prediction comes out as Mississippi River states and the Feds continue to drag their feet to take agressive action to stop the Dead Zone-causing pollution that flows from industrial agriculture (See me in yesterday’s Huff Post Live talking about the impact of industrial animal agriculture), chemical facilities, and sewage treatment plants. GRN continues to press EPA and the states to take decisive action to stop this pollution that kills fish and makes people and animals sick. For more information on what GRN and our friends at the Mississippi River Collaborative are doing to fight the Dead Zone, check out this episode of GRN’s Gulf Tides video series. Matt is GRN’s Science and Water Policy Director

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