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Two people are shown next to a water-filled ditch with a grassy field on either side.

We’re not fixing this environmental crisis. Could one ditch show us the way?

Contaminants are winding their way from farm runoff into streams and rivers and into the Mississippi River that have created a dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. But a conservation effort in Indiana may show a fix to this dilemma.

A shrimp boat is shown in a illustration that combines the boat with a map of the Mississippi Delta.

Gulf shrimpers fight for their livelihoods in a fertilizer-fueled dead zone