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When asked where is the most polluted place in the united states many people even educated people answer would be HoustonTexas with Los Anglous California a close second Athlough Houston is the most polluted city and yes Los anglous is a close second There is a place the size of the state of New Jeresy that is worse then the polution problem in those two cities This area is known as the Dead Zone it is located at the mouth of the Mississippi in the Gulf of Mexico The dead zone can not suport anylifeThis dead zone in the gulf is eight thousand square miles in which there are no plankton no shrimp no crabs no fish no life at all There are two critical question that have to be adressed Why can life not be suported hereand What can be done Well that is what a federal state and local goverment task force that ahs gathered in St Louis to try to figure out and make some recommendations Scientists say it is caused by nitrate compounds washing down the Mississippi from fertilizer runoff sewage treatment plants and other pollution sources These nitrates contain nitrogenthe nitrogen allows tiny algae plants to grow at very fast rateswhich uses up oxygen in the water and creates an oxygen death in the water which is known as Hypoxia Anything that can swim away does so So fish escape and so do shrimp but the plants plankton and shellfish at the bottom dieThe Environmental Protection Agency put together this task force of scientist from many different federal state and local agencies to make recommendations and coordinate a plan to reduce nitrates in the Mississippi Which isnt going over too populat with farmersmanufacturers and others in the Mississippi delta But even reducing the nitrates by 20 percent or 30 percent would increase increase oxygen levels in the water as much as 50 percent Tey have yet to decide to set
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