Posted by: Lawyer Sanders | October 6, 2008

Lawyer Sanders says register for U.S. EPA webcase on 2008 Action Plan for DEAD zone in Gulf of Mexico.

U.S. EPA is sponsoring a web seminar on the hypoxia problem in the Gulf of Mexico, improvements outlined in the newly released 2008 Action Plan, and an overview of actions EPA and other federal agencies and state agencies are taking to reduce nutrient pollution and improve water quality in the Mississippi River Basin.  

 

A hypoxic zone is an area where oxygen levels drop too low (dissolved oxygen concentrations of less than 2 milligrams per liter) to support most life in bottom and near-bottom waters. The low oxygen conditions cause fish to leave the area and can kill bottom-dwelling organisms that cannot leave.  Because of the lack of oxygen, there is a DEAD zone in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

Several leading experts on hypoxia will be featured on the web seminar, including Dr. Nancy Rabalais, Executive Director and Professor with the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium. Dr. Rabalais first identified and mapped the Gulf hypoxic zone in 1985 and is one of the leading researchers on Gulf hypoxia. Other presenters will include Darrell Brown, leader of EPA’s Gulf Hypoxia Team responsible for coordinating EPA’s efforts to reduce the hypoxic, and John Kessler with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.  Mr. Kessler will discuss his work as part of the Gulf Hypoxia Task Force and his role on the Ohio River Basin Steering Committee.

 

The webcast provides a general introduction to the hypoxia problem in the Gulf of Mexico, improvements outlined in the newly released 2008 Action Plan, and an overview of actions EPA and other federal agencies and state agencies are taking to reduce nutrient pollution and improve water quality in the Mississippi River Basin. To register for the web seminar, please click here.

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