Oceanographers fear a massive freshwater plume in the Gulf of Mexico could harm a marine sanctuary 100 miles offshore of Galveston.

A group of scientists will visit the Flower Garden Banks sanctuary this week to assess the effects of the plume, caused by torrential rain during Hurricane Harvey, on the marine ecosystem, said Emma Hickerson, research coordinator at the sanctuary.

Samantha Ketterer: 409-683-5241; samantha.ketterer@galvnews.com or on Twitter at @sam_kett

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