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AGRI-PULSE: GULF "DEAD ZONE" SHRINKS, BUT STILL LARGER THAN GOAL
Agri-Pulse reports:

The "dead zone," an area of low to no oxygen in the Gulf of Mexico, will be smaller this year than the five-year average, but still much larger than the long-term goal set by the Interagency Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Task Force.

At about 4,880 square miles, this year's dead zone is lower than the five-year average of 5,400 square miles, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday. The task force goal, however, is a five-year average of 1,900 square miles.

Ag runoff is the largest source of nutrients, but urban areas and sewage also contribute large amounts, said Don Cline, associate director for the U.S. Geological Survey Water Resources Mission Area.


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