A recent Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium report predicts that record-breaking floods will create the largest-ever depleted oxygen zone in the northern Gulf of Mexico in July 2011 as a result of nitrogen and oxygen compounds from the Mississippi watershed. The Mississippi River system contains much of the drainage from the lower 48 United States and delivers fresh water, sediments, associated nutrients, and chemical constituents to the adjacent continental shelf and northern Gulf of Mexico. Predicting that the “dead zone” will be about the size of the combined land area of New Jersey and Delaware, the report claims that large algae blooms’ decomposition leads to oxygen distress and organism death in the Gulf, thereby threatening living resources, including humans who rely on fish, shrimp and crabs.