Corn and the Growth of the Gulf Dead Zone
15 Jul, 2012
The Missouri River stretches more than a quarter-mile from shore to shore here, its muddy water the color of coffee with a shot of cream.
The river carved this valley hundreds of thousands of years ago, and in the 1830s, it deposited the German settlers who founded this city. Today, visitors who sip local wine in hillside gazebos can gaze down at the water and imagine being on the Rhine.
For two centuries, Hermann has been known for the Missouri River—and now the river is making Hermann known for an unexpected reason: It is a hot spot for nitrate.