Tag Archives: Gulf of Mexico

EPA Inspector General Calls for Better Nutrient Reporting

According to a new report released Sept. 3 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of the Inspector General, the EPA and states in the Mississippi-Atchafalaya River Basin (MARB) need to better monitor and track progress in reducing nutrient discharges to the Gulf of Mexico. According to the report, a uniform and comprehensive measurement […]

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Universities to Aid in Mississippi River Basin Nutrient Reduction

Of the 12 states participating in the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force, ten have submitted either draft or final plans to reduce nutrient runoff and reduce hypoxia in the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico. Implementation, funding, and data collection are the biggest challenges facing states in relation to the plans. On […]

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USDA to Provide Assistance to Improve Water Quality

On May 21, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide $33 million in assistance to farmers and ranchers. The money will be used on conservation improvements that will enhance water quality in 174 watersheds. The funding is being provided through the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI), administered by […]

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EPA Stays Decision on Mississippi Basin Numeric Nutrient Criteria

On March 17, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit approved the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) request to stay a decision on whether the agency must provide numeric nutrient criteria for Mississippi River Basin states. In a previous 2013 U.S. District Court ruling, EPA was given until March 19 to determine whether […]

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Report Highlights Value of Coastal Forested Wetlands Along Gulf of Mexico

In late November, the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities released a report on coastal forests in the five Gulf of Mexico states. The report discusses the value of freshwater forested wetlands and other forest types, which reduce nutrients to the gulf and provide wildlife habitat, storm surge protection, stormwater retention, groundwater recharge, and carbon […]

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Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Releases Draft Plan

Through the RESTORE Act, the U.S. Congress established the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council in July 2012, following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Composed of governors from the five Gulf Coast states and representatives from six federal agencies, the council is responsible for developing a plan to restore the ecosystem and economy of the region. […]

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RESTORE Act Invests in Reviving Gulf Coast Ecosystems

Earlier this summer, President Obama signed into law the RESTORE the Gulf Coast States Act. The law requires 80% of funds resulting from Clean Water Act penalties against the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to be used for environmental and economic restoration of the Gulf Coast. According to Restore the Mississippi River Delta, this investment can […]

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USDA Announces $50 Million in Funding for Gulf Coast Water Quality Programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has allocated $50 million during the next 3 years to help farmers conserve water and improve water quality in the Gulf of Mexico. This funding aligns with the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration task force’s final strategy, which was released by the USDA along with a number of other government […]

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