Scientists now believe this year’s Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico may be the largest on record due to the high water levels of the Mississippi River. Yet, the Dead Zone Task Force continues to avoid taking firm steps to pressure upriver states to reduce their fertilizer runoff – the leading cause of the Dead Zone. The Dead Zone forms as high levels of nitrogen and phosphorous pollution pour into the Gulf and create a massive algal bloom that consumes the water’s oxygen. Sea life is forced to swim away or suffocate.Check out this video and interview with Cyn Sarthou, GRN Executive Director for the full story.

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