‘A Major Punch in the Gut’: Midwest Rains Projected to Create Near-Record Dead Zone in Gulf
As rain deluged the Midwest this spring, commercial fishermanRyan Bradley knew it was only a matter of time before the disaster reached him.
All that water falling on all that fertilizer-enriched farmland would soon wend its way through streams and rivers into Bradley’s fishing grounds in the Gulf of Mexico, off the Mississippi coast. The nutrient excess would cause tiny algae to burst into bloom, then die, sink, and decompose on the ocean floor — a process that...
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