GOMAEEN News Archive

These stories reflect Gulf news from June 2009 forward.

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The 'SCOOP': Program seeks to eliminate dog waste on beaches

The big scoop in the area is the Seacoast Canine Owners Outreach Program, or SCOOP, according to Steve Johnson, the self-proclaimed "Dog Poop King of the Seacoast."


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Giant Oil Plume in Gulf

The underwater plumes spreading in the Gulf of Mexico have emerged as the most worrisome and scientifically provocative environmental story following the Deepwater Horizon spill. But researchers funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and affiliated with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) recently reported that one of the most dire predictions may not be accurate.


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Undersea Art Springs to Life

Hundreds of statues of men, women and children were sunk to the bottom of the sea near Cancun and Isla Mujeres in the Gulf of Mexico where they will slowly come to life as algae, coral and fish begin to make these statues their new homes.


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Feds To Study Whether Oil Endangered Bluefin Tuna

The National Marine Fisheries Service will study whether the Gulf of Mexico oil spill has depleted the population of Atlantic bluefin tuna to the point that the food fish should be placed on the endangered species list.


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Massive dead zone may be intensified by oil

“We predicted to have a large area of dead zone on the Louisiana shore, about 20,000 square kilometers," Rabalais said. "And that's exactly what it turned out to be. However, we would've had more if it weren't for Tropical Storm Bonnie.”


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Hurricane Paula Should Stay Over Cuba, But Florida, Gulf Could See Action

Paula, the ninth hurricane and 16th named storm of the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season, is currently located close to the western tip of Cuba. Due to the small size of the storm, modeler Risk Management Solutions said only a small portion of the coast would be subject to Paula’s strongest winds.


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South Alabama poll shows oil spill's disruptive impact

The survey, conducted by the University of South Alabama's polling group, also found that 71 percent of those responding believe the oil spill caused permanent ecological damage to the Gulf. And 38 percent disagreed with the statement that seafood from spill-affected areas is safe to eat.
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Earth Science Week begins

Its objective is to engage students in discovering the Earth sciences, encourage Earth stewardship through understanding of science, and motivate geoscientists to share their knowledge and enthusiasm about the Earth, according to the institute's website.
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Borderland students team up to analyze river water

The relay team will stop at all of the 43 U.S. schools participating in the project. Seventeen Mexican schools are participating in the project, but, because of the border, those students will meet the relay team at ports of entry and turn their jars in there, Cortez said.
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Science gives Gulf Coast people a welcome embrace

"I want you to understand that NOAA's mission in the Gulf is not just about data and numbers, but about people. And restoring the Gulf means restoring the entire Gulf ecosystem, including its people's lives and livelihoods. "» Clearly, there is no separation between the well-being of Gulf residents and the health of the Gulf."

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Iowa State to Develop Nutrient Reduction Strategy

“Working with scientists at Iowa State, we are starting technical assessments needed for the development of a statewide strategy to reduce nutrients to streams and the Gulf of Mexico,” said Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture.
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Students test Rio Grande water quality

Students took water samples at various locations along the 1,885-mile river, from its headwaters in Colorado to Boca Chica, Texas, where it meets the Gulf of Mexico. On Friday, the SFIS students handed over their water samples to volunteers from the Rio Grande International Study Center in Laredo, Texas, who are making their way down the length of the river in a "relay" to collect samples and data. The "Rio Research Roundup and Relay" was held as part of the 16th annual Dia del Rio celebration.

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Louisiana Optical Network Used to Study Hurricane Effects on Spilled Oil

Hurricanes are an annual dangerous threat to Louisiana and other coastal states. But this year, many coastal residents wondered whether the Gulf of Mexico oil spill would worsen the potential impact of storm surge on the Louisiana coast.
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National Geographic oil spill special features USF Scientist

Dr. Paul agrees it'll be years before we know the full extent of the spill and that's why research is so important.
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New USCB degree teaches students to tackle monstrous problems

It's computational science -- using computers to analyze and solve complex problems in several disciplines, often through mathematical models, algorithms and simulations.
USCB's program is funded by nearly $600,000 from the National Science Foundation, as part of a $20 million statewide award. The grant is divided among 10 state schools.



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Report: fertilizer overloading Earth's plant life

Fundamentally, nitrogen from fertilizers has led to an explosion in "dead zones" in seas and oceans, upsetting a cycle of nutrients balanced with growth that has lasted for billions of years.

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Local Gulf Coast groups push to take part in federal recovery plan

Mary Lee Orr is the executive director of the Louisiana Environmental Action Network. She told FSRN that she welcomes the possibility to be more involved, but that during the first stage of the disaster response, many local groups were shut out.
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On Our Radar: Turtle Egg Rescue Pays Off

A monumental effort to relocate vast numbers of sea turtle eggs from oil-threatened beaches along the Gulf of Mexico to Florida’s Atlantic coast appears to have paid off, scientists said, with nearly 15,000 hatchlings released into the Atlantic since July. Survival rates were virtually identical to those in the wild, but some uncertainty remains over whether the newly hatched turtles will eventually return to their native beaches. [Nature]
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Whale Sharks Killed, Displaced by Gulf Oil?

An estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil (one barrel equals 42 gallons, or 159 liters) flowed into an area south of the Mississippi River Delta, where of one-third of all northern Gulf of Mexico (map) whale shark sightings have occurred in recent years, scientists say.
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Oil well containment system progressing

The U.S. oil industry is on schedule for developing a spill containment system to respond to potential accidents in the Gulf of Mexico, an executive said.
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Birds are headed for the Gulf Coast

“Raptors follow major rivers and mountain chains during migration and a lot follow the coastline,” said Julie Tilden, site coordinator for the Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory. “They’ll hug the Gulf Coast because most species don’t like to cross large bodies of water, and a lot of them will be feeding during migration.”

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Feds to study oil spill's effect on bluefin tuna

The National Marine Fisheries Service will study whether the Gulf of Mexico oil spill has hurt the bluefin tuna population to the point that the fish should be placed on the endangered species list.

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Long-Term Study of Gulf Oil Spill Health Effects Needed

Regardless of who was at fault, the release of an estimated 4 million barrels of oil had a major environmental impact. But there has been relatively little scientific study of the long-term human health effect of this kind of event.
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10 Year Study On Marine Life Released

The 10 year study out of Rutgers University found that scientists have only documented about 1/4 of marine life around the world.
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Turtle rescue plan succeeds

Scientists have revealed that a mammoth effort to move thousands of turtle eggs from beaches around the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill may have saved almost 15,000 of the reptiles.
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The Texas coast is rich in birdlife

Texas has nearly 400 miles of coastline between Louisiana and Mexico with amazingly active birdlife year-round. October brings in autumn migrants, and some of those migrants are settling in for the winter.
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Impact of Gulf Oil Spill on Smallest Creatures Remains Unknown

Under a grant from the National Science Foundation, Bik and a research team from the University of New Hampshire, Auburn University in Alabama, and the University of Texas, San Antonio, will now analyze the DNA from the samples she took to determine what species are present, and then compare the results to samples taken before the spill.
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EPA criticizes ADEM over standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has threatened to take over enforcing part of the Clean Water Act if the Alabama Department of Environmental Management doesn't hold cities to higher standards for keeping waterways clean.
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Obama orders Gulf restoration task force

"Ecosystem restoration will support economic vitality, enhance human health and safety, protect infrastructure, enable communities to better withstand impact from storms and climate change, sustain safe seafood and clean water, provide recreational and cultural opportunities, protect and preserve sites that are of historical and cultural significance, and contribute to the overall resilience of our coastal communities and nation," the order said.
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Kids learn about water at Springs Coast

After following the travels of water droplets, the students followed Paradis out to see her crape myrtles and learn how she waters them without using water from the aquifer. She collects rain in rain barrels and showed the students how she distributes it to the plants using hoses. Then she invited the students to make a water conservation pledge and sign her rain barrel.
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