Can Louisiana do anything about the Gulf of Mexico's 'Dead Zone'?

On behalf of Rock Palermo of Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson, LLC posted in Environmental Law on November 08, 2012.

A lot of the environmental problems we write about on this blog are the result of activities right here in Louisiana. Even though many people in our state prioritize clean air and water, that does not mean that everyone does. As a citizenry, we aren't perfect, and plenty of hometown industries, organizations and residents add to the pollution contaminating our environment.

That being said, not all problems stem directly from in-state activities. Take the "Dead Zone" in the Gulf of Mexico, for example.

This area, which can reach up to 8,000 square miles at its seasonal peak, is a portion of the Gulf of Mexico where fish, crabs, oysters and other marine life cannot live because algae blooms so thickly that it blocks out sunlight and absorbs vital nutrients.

One of the reasons the Dead Zone exists is that agricultural runoff from as far away as Iowa and Minnesota, where the Mississippi River begins, flows into the river and hence into the Gulf.

In other words, until we can control the agricultural runoff upstream, the Dead Zone seems here to stay.

Once again, we're not trying to point fingers or say that Louisiana is blameless. The Dead Zone is a good example of how environmental problems transcend state boundaries. It's a good (or would that be bad?) example of why we need strong federal environmental laws as well as tough state guidelines and rules to protect our environment.

The reason we pay attention to issue like this is that we include environmental law matters in our legal practice. If you are gathering more information of this area of law, you could visit our Environmental Law page.

Source: The Advertiser, "Key to the dead zone lies hundreds of miles north," Nov. 3, 2012

Tags: Environmental Law

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