Hypoxic ZoneA major federal effort quantifying the water quality impacts of cropland conservation practice investments was recently completed for the entire Mississippi-Atchafalaya River Basin (MARB). Additional scenarios of watershed-level targeted conservation practice investments were modeled, and the costs of their implementation were estimated.

Utilizing these unique data, Professor Sergey Rabotyagov will explore several questions about the Northern Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone, including whether additional conservation investments in the Upper Mississippi River Basin—the basin responsible for the majority of riverine nutrient delivery to the Gulf of Mexico—could cost-effectively reduce the areal extent of the hypoxic zone.

Join Professor Rabotyagov this Wednesday, January 30, for a deeper discussion in Week 4 of the SEFS Seminar Series, “Cost-effective Subwatershed Targeting of Agricultural Conservation Practices to address Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia.”

The seminars, held in Anderson 223 on Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m., are open to all faculty, staff and students. Check out the rest of the seminar schedule for the Winter Quarter, and join us each week for a reception in the Forest Room from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Map of hypoxic zone © Sergey Rabotyagov.