Hypoxia Task Force Calls Congress for Additional Assistance
The Hypoxia Task Force in 12 states is calling on Congress to continue to support local efforts to reduce the hypoxia zone in the Gulf of Mexico.
Iowa Agricultural Secretary Mike Naig said he co-chaired the Task Force and recently sent a letter to relevant committees funding water quality improvements along the Mississippi River basin.
“And that’s an important thing to do at the start of a new administration, when there are new members of the House of Representatives, or new leaders in the House of Representatives. We are here as an active state. Each state has its own nutrient reduction strategy tailored to the state. “
He told Brownfield that the Task Force is calling for the direct dollar and Congress to remove bureaucracy to help implement the practice.
“For example, if you’re trying to build a nitrate-reducing wetland in Iowa, are you confused by allowing problems with the Army Corps of Engineers, or mitigating for some of the work we’re doing? Need to, and is it pushing up the cost of our construction projects? “
According to Naig, the state has “compared” to reducing the Gulf hypoxia zone in the last two years by implementing science-based nutrient reduction strategies, and has begun to collectively achieve results. ..
Last month, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced the size of the summer hypoxic zone in the northern Gulf of Mexico. At about 4,880 square miles, according to NOAA, the zone is larger than the long-term average but smaller than the 2017 record of 8,776 square miles.
The 12 states represented by the Hypoxia Task Force are Iowa, Illinois, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.
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