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The Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient (Hypoxia) Task Force consists of 5 federal agencies, 12 states and the tribes within the Mississippi/ Atchafalaya River Basin (MARB).
What's hypoxia? What's eutrophication? Learn about what causes an area the size of Massachusetts to have oxygen levels so low it can not sustain most marine life.
The 2008 Action Plan and 2009 Annual Operating Plan were released on June 16, 2008 as a national strategy and a roadmap to reduce hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico and improve water quality in the MARB.

Learn about committees within the MARB and the actions they are taking to move forward on Gulf hypoxia.

Raising awareness on hypoxia - access the latest information through articles & TV news.

What's being done? Member agencies of the Task Force have made progress toward reducing nutrients in the MARB and will continue to do so, implementing actions in the 2008 Action Plan and the Annual Operating Plans.

The Task Force was established in 1997 to reduce and control hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico. Since then, the Task Force has undertaken a variety of efforts to achieve these goals.

Learn about the vast MARB, which contains 31 states, and whose land area totals 41% of the contiguous United States and 15% of North America.
The Task Force regularly holds public meetings to inform the public of progress made and solicit public comment. Meeting summaries for the public meetings are available.

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