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Charting the Course to Map SAV in the Albemarle-Pamlico Estuary

Species supporting valuable Atlantic coast fisheries depend upon the nursery provided by the Albemarle-Pamlico estuarine system.  Much of this important habitat exists as vast expanses of underwater meadows known as submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV).  North Carolina has more SAV acreage than any other Atlantic coast state except Florida, 99% of that coverage being within the [...]

April 13th, 2017|

Palos Verdes Kelp Forest Restoration

Kelp forests are the rainforests of the sea. These highly productive ecosystems provide food and habitat to over 700 species of invertebrates, other algae, and fish, many of which are popular with sport and commercial fishermen and recreational divers. Over the past 100 years, the Palos Verdes Peninsula has lost approximately 75% of its giant [...]

April 11th, 2017|

Tampa Bay Estuary Program: A Collaborative Approach to Ecosystem Recovery

In 1992, the elected officials participating in Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) adopted a goal of restoring seagrass to 1950s levels after decades of decline.  Reaching this goal required collaboration from public and private participants in TBEP’s Nitrogen Management Consortium.  Since 1992, local governments, industries, and citizens have implemented over 500 nutrient reduction projects throughout [...]

April 11th, 2017|

Stormwater Infiltration Basin and Pétanque Terrain Project

BTNEP’s Stormwater Infiltration Basin and Pétanque Terrain Project built a feature within a local park that functions as a stormwater infiltration basin and as a surface for playing the game of pétanque. As the bayou region becomes more urban with more impervious surfaces, inventive projects such as this one will be needed to decrease [...]

April 11th, 2017|

When the Tide Returns: Fir Island Farms Estuary Restoration

What happens when the tide returns to an ancient estuary after a 100-year hiatus? The ground sings. “That first return of the tide, that is something incredible to see,” said Leah Kintner, Skagit River Watershed Ecosystem Recovery Coordinator at the Puget Sound Partnership. About 50 people witnessed that first-tide in August, when the final [...]

April 11th, 2017|

Fish in the Classroom in Providence, RI

The Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council (WRWC) has completed their Woonasquatucket Watershed Restoration Education project, funded by the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program. WRWC engaged students in Providence schools about the Woonasquatucket River and watershed. Part of that project is called “Fish in the Classroom,” an elementary school program that includes setting up a tank with [...]

April 11th, 2017|

Re-writing History in Morro Bay’s Creeks and Estuary

The Morro Bay watershed, located about halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on California’s Central Coast, was a hotbed of military training during World War II. This relatively secluded region hosted D-day training, bomb testing, and strategic trainings from the waters of the estuary all the way up to the hills in the [...]

April 11th, 2017|

Steigerwald Habitat Restoration and Flood Control Project

One project creates multiple benefits for salmon habitat, flood control, recreation, and the local economy. Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge, located along the lower Columbia River, is one of the area’s most beloved urban refuges.  However, with a failing fish diversion structure and internal flooding from Gibbons Creek, the community is looking for a solution [...]

April 11th, 2017|

Citizen Scientists Collect Barnegat Bay Shoreline Data As They “Paddle for the Edge”

In 2015, the Barnegat Bay Partnership (BBP) launched its first Paddle for the Edge citizen science event. For two to three weeks in June and July, volunteer kayakers, canoeists, and stand-up paddle boarders use their smartphones to record some basic information about the condition of the Barnegat Bay’s shorelines.  In 2015, volunteers collected data [...]

April 11th, 2017|

A River (and Anadromous Fish) Runs Through It

Casco Bay Estuary Partnership and its diverse partners have funded and provided momentum over many years for revitalized anadromous fish populations in Maine’s Casco Bay watershed. From a trickle of returning fish in the early 2000s, Highland Lake (11 miles upstream from the estuary) now has thousands of alewives returning annually, enhancing biological vitality [...]

April 11th, 2017|