Mussel Watch Program Provides Context for Post-hurricane Assessment
Scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science presented a poster displaying results from over 20 years of contaminant monitoring in U.S. coastal waters that were used to characterize changes that occurred as a result of Hurricane Katrina, and to put the overall multi-agency post hurricane assessment effort into perspective. The poster detailed the importance of long term monitoring data to assessing catastrophic events. Scientists, resource managers and policy makers acknowledged the value of the Mussel Watch data as part of the overall post-hurricane assessment.
The poster “Hurricane Katrina Impact Assessment: Contaminant Levels in Oysters from Coastal Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama” was presented at the Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program Symposium April 10, 2007 in Washington, D.C.