EPA awards La. grant to clean up Gulf 'dead zone'
BATON ROUGE - The Environmental Protection Agency awarded a $100,000 grant to Louisiana to help improve conditions in a 'dead zone' off the Gulf coast.
The EPA said the zone is an area of low-oxygen water from the mouth of the Mississippi extending west to the upper Texas coast. They said the condition, called hypoxia, is due to nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorous pouring out of the river and into the Gulf of Mexico.
The money will be used by the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority to come up with a statewide strategy that would reduce those nutrients and improve conditions in the Gulf.