Hypoxia Task Force Report Shows Progress, Need to Accelerate Reduction of Nutrient Pollution in Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico

A new report released by the Hypoxia Task Force highlights progress made during the past five years in targeting funds where they are most needed, increasing agricultural conservation practices, developing state nutrient reduction strategies, and improving science and monitoring of water quality in the Mississippi River Basin. The report recommends that the Task Force work to accelerate implementation of nutrient reduction activities and identify ways to measure progress in reducing pollution at a variety of scales, from small streams to the mouth of the Mississippi River. The Task Force has also released a new federal strategy focused primarily on providing support to states as they develop and implement nutrient reduction strategies

“Achieving significant water quality improvements in water bodies as large as the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico takes time, and the increasing impacts of climate change such as more frequent extreme weather events pose additional challenges. The progress we’ve made across the board during the past five years provides an excellent foundation and we will work to accelerate our progress over the next five years,” said Nancy Stoner, acting Assistant Administrator for Water for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and co-chair of the Task Force.

Read this and prior reports at http://water.epa.gov/type/watersheds/named/msbasin/actionplan.cfm
Source: Mississippi River Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force

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