Watershed Academy offers webcast on Gulf hypoxia

On October 7, 2008, EPA's Watershed Academy will present a webcast entitled 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 EPA and other federal agencies and state agencies are taking to reduce nutrient pollution and improve water quality in the Mississippi River Basin...

WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 15, 2008 -- On October 7, 2008, EPA's Watershed Academy will present a webcast entitled 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 EPA and other federal agencies 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 Dr. Nancy Rabalais, Executive Director and Professor with the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium. Dr. 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 EPA's efforts to reduce the hypoxic, and John Kessler with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Mr. Kessler will discuss his work as part of the Gulf Hypoxia Task Force and his role on the Ohio River Basin Steering Committee.

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EPA's Watershed Academy webcasts reach thousands of federal, state and local practitioners with the latest training on watershed management topics through convenient on-line training. The webcasts build local, state and regional capacity to achieve measurable water quality improvements, targeted to meet Strategic Plan objectives. All EPA webcasts are archived on the Watershed Academy webcast Web page.

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