For Immediate Release
Pollution Solutions For Gulf ‘Dead Zone’ Disaster
Immediate Action to Reduce Agriculture Run-off Critical to Restoring Health of Mississippi River Basin
AMES, Iowa - Nitrogen and phosphorus pollution from agriculture sources flowing
from the Mississippi River is devastating the northern Gulf of Mexico
and impacting human health, killing fish and limiting recreation along
the way. Lack of funding for voluntary conservation programs and
inadequate regulations are contributing to this environmental disaster
known as the Gulf ‘Dead Zone.'
Environmental Working Group (EWG) Vice President Midwest Craig Cox
focused on the critical solutions required to mitigate run-off
pollution in the Mississippi River Basin in a speech today before the
Iowa Environmental Council's annual conference.
"The weaknesses in voluntary programs too often result in random acts
of conservation rather than the highly focused acts of conservation
needed to solve water quality problems," Cox said.
EWG is a nonprofit research organization based in Washington, DC that uses the power of information to protect human health and the environment. EWG's reports on the environmental impact of modern agriculture can be found at http://www.ewg.org/content/research/4