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River diversions proposed to help Gulf 'dead zone'

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BATON ROUGE, La. — A proposed new strategy for reducing the annual "dead zone" off Louisiana's Gulf coast relies heavily on river water diversions to remove nutrients that deplete oxygen levels to the point they no longer support aquatic life. The authors of a draft report of the plan say the state's contribution to the dead zone is minimal. Most of the nutrients, primarily nitrogen and...

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