Wave Maker’s News: Hundreds of Thousands of Fish Killed in the Pearl

Treatment Pond at Temple-Inland’s Bogalusa, LA Paper Mill. Photo courtesy of Southwings and GRN.This summer, GRN’s Healthy Waters team has been busy keeping up the fight to protect the Gulf’s rivers, bayous and streams for future generations. From working to hold Temple-Inland corporation accountable for their massive fish kill in the Pearl River to pushing to make sure that the state of Florida acts to reduce harmful algal blooms in their waters, GRN is committed to preserving and enhancing our healthy waters and communities.Check out the September edition of Wave Maker’s News, our quarterly update on all things water, to learn more:http://healthygulf.org/files_reports/publications/wave_makers/Wavemakers_News_September_2011.pdfIn this edition:Hundreds of Thousands of Fish Killed in the Pearl RiverIn August, Temple-Inland corporation’s Bogalusa, Louisiana paper mill released toxic black liquor into the Pearl River, triggering a massive fish kill. Since then, GRN has been working to monitor the situation and make sure that Louisiana and Mississippi hold Temple-Inland accountable and take action to prevent future fish kills.The Story of Water in FloridaClean, healthy water plays a central role in the lives and livelihoods of those who call Florida home, but some local politicians seem to be doing everything they can to prevent commonsense measures to reduce harmful algal blooms.A Chance to RESTORE the GulfAs Congress considers legislation that would send Clean Water Act fines from the BP drilling disaster back to the Gulf for environmental and economic restoration, GRN and our partners are working hard to make sure that the best possible bill passes and passes soon.EPA Fails to Take Decisive Action on Huge Dead ZoneDespite another huge Dead Zone in the Gulf this summer, EPA continues to refuse to take decisive action to reduce Dead Zone-causing pollution.Sewage Threat to Mississippi’s Leaf and Bowie RiversCheck out this update to learn more about our efforts to make sure Hattiesburg, Mississippi cleans up its stinky and polluting sewage treatment, and see some pictures from our recent monitoring canoe trips on the Leaf and Bowie rivers.Matt Rota is GRN’s Director of Science and Water Policy.

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