mississippi river basin

Ten Water Quality Projects Chosen to Reduce Gulf Dead Zone

Ten Water Quality Projects Chosen to Reduce Gulf Dead Zone

WASHINGTON, DC, December 15, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. EPA has selected 10 finalists to apply for $3.7 million in Targeted Watersheds Grants that focus on water quality trading or other market-based water quality projects to reduce pollutants that cause low oxygen levels in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Currently the worst of the world’s…

Monsanto Funds Groups to Improve Mississippi River Water

Monsanto Funds Groups to Improve Mississippi River Water

ST. LOUIS, Missouri, December 8, 2008 (ENS) – Conservation and agricultural groups announced a new initiative today that aims to reduce the polluting sediment and excess agricultural nutrients that flow off farm fields into the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico every year. With a $5 million contribution from the St. Louis-based Monsanto corporation,…

2008 Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone Could Be Largest Ever

2008 Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone Could Be Largest Ever

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, June 18, 2008 (ENS) – As a record-breaking volume of floodwater laden with sewage and fertilizers rolls down the waterways of the Mississippi Basin towards the Gulf of Mexico, a joint federal-state task force released an updated action plan to reduce low oxygen levels that cause a dead zone each summer in…

Most of Gulf Dead Zone Nutrients Come from Just Nine States

Most of Gulf Dead Zone Nutrients Come from Just Nine States

RESTON, Virginia, January 30, 2008 (ENS) – Nine states in the Mississippi River Basin contribute the majority of nutrients to the northern Gulf of Mexico, threatening the economic and ecological health of one of the nation’s largest and most productive fisheries, according to a federal government report released Wednesday. The states of Illinois, Iowa, Indiana,…