Thursday, June 16, 2016

Dead zone forecast

Study projects low-oxygen area the size of Connecticut


New Orleans Times-Picayune

The 2016 summertime Gulf of Mexico dead zone will be 6,824 square miles, a low-oxygen area the size of Connecticut, according to a forecast from scientists with Louisiana State University, the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium and the University of Michigan. That's just a bit larger than the 2015 area of hypoxia — but 3½ times larger than the reduction goal set by a federal-state consortium of environmental agencies.


Robot will survey Texas city's wastewater pipes

Water Online/Fort Worth Star-Telegram

A robot is being deployed in Arlington, Texas, to cruise the sewers and help locate cracks and wear before they cause a major pipeline collapse. The device includes a high-def video camera, lasers, and sonar according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Project backers say that in lieu of replacing every aging pipe, robotic equipment can help the city target problem sections of its infrastructure.


Study: Plastic waste pervasive on Gulf shorelines

When the subject of plastic waste in the ocean comes up, many peoples' thoughts turn to the so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch. It seems like a faraway problem. But the same plastic residue is pervasive on the shorelines of Mobile Bay and the northern Gulf of Mexico, according to a study conducted by scientists from the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and the University of South Alabama.

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