Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Oh, What a Tangled Web We Weave (Part Dieu)
By many accounts the effort succeeded in minimizing the amount of oil entering the Mississippi River estuaries. However, now some oyster farmers and scientists are cataloging the deaths of large numbers of oysters in those estuarine areas. They believe that some saline marshes have been so overwhelmed by fresh water that their salinity has dropped to levels that oysters do not normally face, resulting in the deaths of large numbers of oysters.
State officials have said that it is not certain to what extent the extra Mississippi River releases are responsible for killing the oysters.
Read a full Wall Street Journal story on the issue here.