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NCCOS Scientists Met with Great Lakes Regional Committee to Discuss Enhanced NOAA Mussel Watch Capabilities for Answering Regional Management Questions on Contaminants

Representatives from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science met with the Federal-State Areas of Concern Coordinating Committee (FEDSTACC), a group of regional stakeholders from across the Great Lakes basin, to discuss the common goals of removing EPA-designated Beneficial Use Impairments (BUI) from designated sites and monitoring the recovery of EPA-designated Areas of Concern (AOCs), areas defined by higher than preferred contaminant levels.

NCCOS scientists presented research capabilities for addressing the Degradation of Benthos BUI and the addition of other NCCOS capabilities for further meeting the needs of the managers and stakeholders throughout the Great Lakes region.

Additional capabilities of the NOAA Mussel Watch Program will include implementation of a spatially-robust and statistically-enhanced monitoring program that will ensure precise information on benthic community health in AOC recovery.

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