One of the new teams to emerge from GOMA’s 2015 restructure is the Water Resources Team, a combination of the former nutrients and water quality teams. The Water Resources Team focuses on: hypoxia/nutrients, harmful algal blooms, freshwater in-flow, impaired/ non-impaired streams, and human health (pathogens/mercury).
The Team has four goals:
- Protect human health, aquatic health, and economic health within the Gulf of Mexico by applying and advancing science and technology, improving education and overall environmental awareness, and enhancing partnerships.
- Identify, prioritize, and pursue additional data and research needed to better characterize, understand, and reduce potential threats to human health or aquatic life
- Identify linkages between water quality, water quantity, water resource sustainability, human health, aquatic health, and economic health
- Support ongoing local, regional, national, and international efforts related to protecting and/or improving water resources within the Gulf of Mexico
The GOMA Water Resources Team is led by the State of Mississippi, but has active participation from all five Gulf States and federal agencies working in the region, as well as academia, businesses, and non-profit organizations. Learn more about the Team’s focus areas and actions in Action Plan III.