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Estuarine Research, Monitoring, and Resource Protection

1st Edition

Edited by Michael J. Kennish

CRC Press

320 pages | 24 B/W Illus.

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Description

The ongoing growth of human populations within US coastal regions continues to increase habitat loss, eutrophication, organic loading, overfishing, and other anthropogenic stressors in estuarine waters.

The National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) is a federally funded initiative that addresses these critical estuarine problems and coastal resource issues at 25 sites in 21 states.

Now estuarine and watershed scientists, resource managers, community planners, and other professionals dealing with coastal zone issues have an expert resource describing the NERRS program, organization, goals, and management strategy. Estuarine Research, Monitoring, and Restoration first defines the components and technical aspects of the NERRS program, then provides valuable insight into the program through the presentation of six case studies of NERRS sites.

This book examines estuarine problems including degraded water quality, reduction of biodiversity, and problematic invasive species, then analyzes the human impacts affecting estuaries. The comprehensive analysis of the six estuarine reserve locations characterizes each region's physical, chemical, and biological conditions from the perspective of the NERRS program. These case studies include a cross section of sites from three coasts, each study emphasizing the importance of unified efforts of government and citizens to successfully maintain the ecology of these critical areas.

Table of Contents

National Estuarine Research Reserve System: Program Components

NERRS MISSION

NERRS PROGRAM COMPONENTS

Monitoring and Research

System-Wide Monitoring Program (SWMP)

Other NERRS Projects

Special High Priority Initiatives

Education and Outreach

Case Study 1: Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

WATERSHED

Upland Pitch Pine/Oak Forests

Sandplain Grasslands

Vernal Pools and Coastal Plain Pond Shores

Riparian Habitats

Freshwater Wetlands

Salt Marshes

Mudflats and Sandflats

Beaches and Dunes

ESTUARY

Tidal Creeks and Channels

Waquoit Bay

Organisms

ANTHROPOGENIC IMPACTS

Eutrophication

Case Study 2: Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve

ENVIRONMENTAL SETTING

MULLICA RIVER-GREAT BAY ESTUARY

Water Quality

WATERSHED BIOTIC COMMUNITIES

Plant Communities

Salt Marshes

Brackish Tidal Marshes

Freshwater Marshes

Lowland Plant Communities

Upland Plant Communities

Barrier Island Plant Communities

Animal Communities

Amphibians and Reptiles

Mammals

Birds

Fish

Estuarine Biotic Communities

Plant Communities

Animal Communities

Case Study 3: Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve

LOWER ST. JONES RIVER RESERVE

Watershed

Upland Vegetation

Wetland Vegetation

Aquatic Habitat

Water Quality

Anthropogenic Impacts

Pollution

Habitat Alteration

Biotic Communities

Phytoplankton

Zooplankton

Benthic Fauna

Finfish

Amphibians and Reptiles

Birds

Mammals

UPPER BLACKBIRD CREEK RESERVE

Watershed

Upland Vegetation

Wetland Vegetation

Aquatic Habitat

Anthropogenic Impacts

Pollution and Habitat Alteration

Biotic Communities

Phytoplankton

Zooplankton

Benthic Fauna

Finfish

Amphibians and Reptiles

Birds

Mammals

Commercially and Recreationally Important Species

Case Study 4: ACE Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve

WATERSHED

Plant Communities

Animal Communities

Amphibians and Reptiles

Mammals

Birds

Insects

ESTUARY

Physical-chemical Characteristics

Biotic Communities

Phytoplankton

Zooplankton

Benthic Invertebrates

Fish

COASTAL MARINE WATERS

Animal Communities

Fish

Reptiles

Mammals

Birds

ENDANGERED/THREATENED SPECIES

ANTHROPOGENIC IMPACTS

Case Study 5: Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

WEEKS BAY

Physical Description

WATERSHED

Plant Communities

Upland Habitats

Wetland Habitats

Animal Communities

Herpetofauna

Mammals

Birds

ESTUARY

Plant Communities

Phytoplankton and Microphytobenthos

Animal Communities

Zooplankton

Benthic Fauna

Fish

ANTHROPOGENIC IMPACTS

Case Study 6: Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve

WATERSHED

Habitat

Salt Marsh

Salt Pannes

Brackish Marsh

Riparian Habitat

Wetland-Upland Transition

Dunes and Beach Habitat

Intertidal Flats

ESTUARY

Aquatic Habitat

Tidal Creeks and Channels

ANTHROPOGENIC IMPACTS

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCI026000
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
SCI039000
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / Marine Biology
TEC009020
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Civil / General