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Van Meter et al. (Reports, 27 April 2018, p. 427) warn that achieving nitrogen reduction goals in the Gulf of Mexico will take decades as a result of legacy nitrogen effects. We discuss limitations of the modeling approach and demonstrate that legacy effects ranging from a few years to decades are equally consistent with observations. The presented time scales for system recovery are therefore highly uncertain.
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Ballard, T. C., Michalak, A. M., McIsaac, G. F., Rabalais, N. N., & Ballard, T. C. (2019). Comment On Legacy Nitrogen May Prevent Achievement Of Water Quality Goals In The Gulf Of Mexico. Science, 365 (6455) https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aau8401