Matt Rota

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What is the MISSISSIPPI RIVER RESTORATION AND RESILIENCE INITIATIVE (MRRRI)?

Here in the Gulf, we understand the importance of the Mississippi. The Gulf’s ecosystem and communities depend on it for drinking water, navigation, fishing, recreation, agriculture, manufacturing, and restoring our disappearing wetlands. However, the Mississippi is often looked at as a polluted river, often used as the nation’s sewer. While there is some truth to …

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What Does the Proposed “Dirty Water Rule” Mean for the Gulf’s Resources?

The following is a blog written by Emily N. Donahoe, Legal Intern, from George Washington University Law School Gulf Recovery Network. The first blog in this series can be found here. On December 11, 2018, the Trump Administration published a proposed revision to the 2015 “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) Rule, which many are calling …

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What is the Dirty Water Rule, and Why Does it Matter?

The following is a blog written by Emily N. Donahoe, Legal Intern, from George Washington University Law School Gulf Recovery Network.On December 11, 2018, the Trump Administration submitted a proposal to drastically revise the Obama-era 2015 “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) Rule. What is WOTUS? And why does this revision to the 2015 WOTUS …

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Guest column: La. can learn from red tide

Senior Policy Director Matt Rota recently penned an op-ed for The Advocate about the red tide off the coast of Florida. Read about how the crisis in Florida is connected to the Dead Zone in Louisiana and the federal government’s failure to do anything about it. Read it here: https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/opinion/article_8507328a-cb15-11e8-964a-ab76b26fb651.html

Don’t let Trump Kill the Clean Water Rule

Trump’s EPA is trying to remove valuable protections for our rivers, streams, and wetlands!The Clean Water Rule provides common sense protections for streams and wetlands across the country. It protects drinking water sources for nearly 1 in 3 Americans. It protects wetlands throughout the nation that filter pollutant, absorb floodwaters, dampen storm surge and provide …

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Dead Zone Bigger than Ever – Report Reveals America’s Largest Meat Companies’ Role in Polluting Gulf of Mexico

Today, researchers from Louisiana State University (LSU) and the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) announced that the 8,776 square mile (New Jersey-sized) Dead Zone is the largest Dead Zone on record. The Dead Zone is fueled by fertilizer pollution flowing down the Mississippi River from the American heartland, which causes massive algae blooms that use …

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URGENT. Call your LA State Senator TODAY. Protect our Scenic Rivers!

The Louisiana Senate will be voting on Senate Bill 132 within the next couple of hours. This bill would change the Louisiana Scenic Rivers Act to allow unlimited dreding and clearing in some of our Scenic Rivers, including the Amite River, Pearl River, Tchefuncte River, Bogue Falaya River, Abita River, Comite River, and Bayou Manchac.Dredging …

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