Stronger Leadership and Collaboration
Achieving sustained reduction of the areal extent of NGOM hypoxia is a challenge that transcends the mandate and resources of any single government agency. The current framework of mainly voluntary coordination of actions and programs, although useful for promoting dialogue and raising awareness of water quality issues, has not realized substantive accomplishments in terms of on-the-ground project implementation or documented improvements in water quality. Lasting solutions to MRB-NGOM water quality problems will require stronger inter-agency collaboration and sustained support from the Administration and the U.S. Congress than have been exhibited to date.
The EPA, its partner federal agencies, the Congress, the Administration, and the Mississippi River basin states should provide a stronger, more coordinated commitment in order to develop long-term, adaptive, collaborative actions for effectively addressing water quality problems across the MRB and into the NGOM.