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Mississippi River Flood Management Could Cause Another Devastating Gulf Coast Toxic Algae Bloom This Year

The Army Corps of Engineers just opened a huge flood management structure to relieve the swollen Mississippi River, which could cause a recurrence of a huge toxic algae bloom along the Gulf Coast, potentially affecting fisheries, recreation and ecosystems. On April 3, the Corps opened up part of the five-mile-long Bonnet Carré Spillway upriver of New Orleans to protect the city’s levees and prevent flooding. Last year, two extended openings of the spillway caused an enormous toxic algae bloom that closed all of Mississippi’s beaches for the entire summer, devastated Gulf fisheries and likely caused the death of dolphins and other animals. They also fed a large toxic algae outbreak in Louisiana’s Lake Pontchartrain.  Read more....

 

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