The Mississippi River is now ranked on American Rivers’ list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers. It drains 2,350 square miles in all or parts of 31 states, which contributes to its pollution problem. The Mississippi River Basin is home to 1.5 million people, and over 350 industrial and municipal facilities are located adjacent to the River within the state of Louisiana. Noncompliance with wastewater discharge permits by a large number of facilities along the River is widespread and we are addressing the issue by monitoring permit applications, compliance orders, and penalty notices.
Paul Orr has been the Lower Mississippi Riverkeeper since 2006, and hosted the Waterkeeper Alliance’s 2006 annual meeting in New Orleans. During the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, Paul closely monitored response activities and the ensuing impact to the coastal wetlands and marshes. Once the spewing oil had been stopped and the well sealed, Paul began sampling activities to document the impact that the oil and chemical dispersants had on aquatic life and coastal vegetation. Throughout the disaster Paul issued regular, if not daily, e-alerts which up dated the status of the disaster and provided accurate and current information. He earned his Mass Communications degree from Louisiana State University.
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