Researchers: Annual 'dead zone' to be average

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Researchers say the annual low-oxygen "dead zone" that forms every summer off the coast of Louisiana will be about average size this year.
According to forecast modeling done through support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the dead zone will end up covering between 4,633 square miles to 5,708 square miles this summer. NOAA, in a press release Tuesday, said the actual size of the low-oxygen area will be measured later this year with results released in July or early August.
Last year's dead zone measured 5,840 miles.
The Mississippi River Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force has long set a goal to reduce the annual size of the "dead zone" to less than 1,930 square miles.

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