For 35 years scientists have monitored the size of the Gulf of Mexico dead zone or hypoxic zone, which forms every spring. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists are forecasting this summer’s hypoxic area or “dead zone” to be approximately 6,700 square miles, larger than the long-term average measured size of 5,387 square miles [...]

In early July, a new surge of Saharan dust will reach the western and northern Gulf Coast. Some areas could see hazy skies, reduced air quality and vibrant sunrises and sunsets. June’s dust plume brought hazy skies and poor air quality as far north as the Midwest. According to NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory [...]

Safe Boating

With July 4th fast approaching there will be a lot of activity in and on the water. Please follow the below tips on boating to keep our marine wildlife safe. Follow Coast Guard-approved safe boating guidelines, comply with slow speed zone signs and use vigilance to avoid striking sea turtles, manatees and dolphins. Follow 10 [...]

We want to take this opportunity to thank those of you who donated to START in the recent Giving Partner Challenge. Your support helps us fund our programs and activities that help reduce the excess nutrients in our local waterways that feed red tide and other harmful algal blooms. Unfortunately, since the Covid-19 crisis entered [...]

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