The Barnegat Bay-Little Egg Harbor (BB-LEH) estuary faces multiple resource management issues including increased nutrient enrichment and associated eutrophication, loss of critical habitat and species, inadequate stormwater management, and diminishing fresh water availability.
Worldwide, seagrass beds have been identified as a key estuarine habitat, as well as a sensitive indicator of overall estuarine health. Due to the ecological importance of seagrasses and recent indications of decline, we have conducted a series of aerial photographic surveys of the spatial and temporal distribution of seagrass beds in Barnegat Bay-Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey.
UPDATE May 2011:
The CRSSA Coastal Studies Program has released the most recent update of its mapping and monitoring of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) in the Barnegat Bay - Little Egg Harbor estuary system. To access the report and GIS data, click here.
Contacts at CRSSA:
Web site updated 20110504; previous updates: updated 2009; web site updated September 2004 to include the Year 2003 SAV mapping information as part of CRSSA's continuing Coastal Studies and for the Barnegat Bay National Estuary Program; web site updates with support from CRSSA. This SAV web site was originally created by CRSSA in 2002 with funding by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) through the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve (JCNERR) for JCNERR Coastal Decision Maker and education outreach programs. Highlighted are the submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) data used by CRSSA (Rick Lathrop, John Bognar) and Rutgers University Marine and Coastal Sciences (Sybil Seitzinger, Renee Styles) in their research efforts published 2001. Also highlighted are Year 2003 SAV data generated by CRSSA (Rick Lathrop, Paul Montesano, Scott Haag) utilizing 1-meter resolution digital aerial photography. SAV graphics/maps under 'View Maps' created by Scott Haag. Initial graphic design and continued support by John Bognar. Site last updated 20110414..
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