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Tactics for the dead zone

(article, Culinate staff)

The Connecticut-sized swath of the Gulf of Mexico known as the '"dead is an annual problem produced by agricultural runoff down the Mississippi River. Now, however, comes an actual list of suggestions about how to deal with it, instead of just lamenting it.

On Grist (cross-posted on Cool Green Science), scientist Joe Fargione recently ticked off several techniques that farmers can use to reduce runoff, before declaring that the single best way to mitigate the runoff is by preserving and reclaiming wetlands along the Mississippi. Why wetlands? They're great natural filters, absorbing and neutralizing runoff.