1st Edition

Estuarine Research, Monitoring, and Resource Protection

Edited By

Michael J. Kennish




ISBN 9780849319600
Published September 25, 2003 by CRC Press
320 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations

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Book 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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