Watershed Academy Webcast on Gulf Hypoxia

On Oct. 7, EPA's Watershed Academy will present a Webcast titled, Moving Forward on Gulf Hypoxia.

The Webcast will provide a general introduction to the hypoxia problem in the Gulf of Mexico, improvements outlined in the newly released 2008 Action Plan, and an overview of actions federal and state agencies are taking to reduce nutrient pollution and improve water quality in the Mississippi River Basin.

EPA's Assistant Administrator for Water, Benjamin H. Grumbles will join several leading experts on hypoxia, including Nancy Rabalais, executive director and professor with the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium. Rabalais first identified and mapped the Gulf hypoxic zone in 1985 and is one of the leading researchers on Gulf hypoxia. Other presenters will include Darrell Brown, leader of EPA's Gulf Hypoxia Team responsible for coordinating agency efforts to reduce the hypoxic, and John Kessler with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Kessler will discuss his work as part of the Gulf Hypoxia Task Force and his role on the Ohio River Basin Steering Committee.

To register, visit http://www.epa.gov/watershedwebcasts/.

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