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Any effective solution to Gulf hypoxia will likely involve a combination of improved nutrient management practices, changes to cropping systems, and reconstructed and restored wetlands. Large-scale landscape change is needed, with a variety of short-term and long-term actions. Civil society has to be more proactive in pushing for actions and policies that protect the long-term sustainability of Midwest agriculture, Gulf fisheries, and the ecosystems on which these industries are built.

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