Nutrient Reduction Comments Sought

If your dealership is located in one of the 31 states in the Mississippi/Atchafalya River Basin, here’s your opportunity to voice your comments on the latest Gulf Hypoxia Action Plan. 

The Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nturient Task Force, chaired by EPA, has released its 2008 revised Gulf Hypoxia Action Plan that identifies efforts to track progress, update the science, and adapt actions to reduce nutrients flowing from 31 states into the Mississippi River. Those excess nutrients impair waterways throughout the states and result in an annual "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico.

The revised plan — which is open for public comment until Jan. 4, 2008 — includes several improvements over the current action plan, first published in 2001. It increases accountability and specificity for state and federal partners; shifts the lead for nutrient reduction strategies from Mississippi River sub-basin teams to the states; charges federal agencies to prepare complementary federal nutrient reduction strategies for appropriate federal programs and projects; and enhances mechanisms for tracking and reporting.

Visit www.epa.gov/msbasin to view the revised action plan.

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