Hypoxia Task Force Workgroups
The Task Force currently has nine workgroups working to address priority needs that the state members have identified to support the implementation of state nutrient reduction strategies toward the Task Force goal of reducing excess nutrients delivered to the Gulf from the Mississippi/Atchafalaya River Basin (MARB). These workgroups consist of federal and state members working to capture, quantify, and communicate metrics to assess progress towards the Task Force's goal; explore policy solutions to multi-state issues; communicate results to the public; advance research to address known gaps; and optimize funding available to support nutrient management strategies. Each workgroup is briefly described below.
Adoption of Innovative Best Management Practices (BMPs)
Workgroup Charge: Explore opportunities for states to use federal funds to implement innovative conservation practices.
Workgroup Charge: Enhance public awareness of Task Force accomplishments and promote and support actions that reduce nutrient inputs and improve water quality.
Ecosystem and Social Metrics
Workgroup Charge: Identify potential metrics that will help illuminate ecosystem changes/success due to implementation of nutrient reduction strategies in the MARB.
Funding, Traditional and Non-Traditional
Workgroup Charge: Explore available programs and synergy with federal funding sources (Farm Bill, CWA, FEMA, WRDA, etc.) with a focus on near-term increases in adoption of nutrient reduction practices, and identify potential long-term actions.
Workgroup Charge: Focus on strategies, challenges, and opportunities for documenting and analyzing data related to NPS nutrient reductions in the MARB.
Workgroup Charge: Focus on strategies, challenges and opportunities for documenting and analyzing data related to point source nutrient reductions in the MARB; produce periodic progress reports.
Workgroup Charge: Identified key research needs that effectively support state implementation of nutrient reduction strategies. Communicate research gaps learned through a comprehensive literature survey with the research community and leverage needs with federal partners.
Water Quality Monitoring
Workgroup Charge: Evaluated needs to support existing and potential new water quality monitoring in the MARB, particularly to track loads and trends in large rivers to determine if states are meeting nutrient reduction goals and provide data that states can use to tailor implementation of their nutrient management strategies.
Water Quality Trends
Workgroup Charge: Evaluate new metrics to complement current metrics for evaluating water quality trends in the basin. The workgroup is partnering with the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC) in these efforts.