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Spring Flood Outlook Has Implications for Gulf of Mexico and Chesapeake Bay Hypoxia

The NOAA 2014 U.S. Spring Flood Risk Assessment provides an important first look at some of the factors that influence summer hypoxia (low dissolved oxygen) in the Gulf of Mexico and the Chesapeake Bay. This year’s predicted elevated flood risk in the Upper Midwest and the Ohio River Valley may result in a larger hypoxic […]

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Can Asian Carp Barriers Protect the Great Lakes?

Invasive species such as zebra mussels have substantially changed the Great Lakes, with Asian carp poised to become the next and most serious invasive threat. Scientists leading a pioneering NCCOS-sponsored project to forecast the spread and bioeconomic impacts of aquatic invasive species have conducted an expert-based analysis of strategies to keep Asian carp out of Lake Michigan. The […]

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Managing America’s Corn Belt to Restore the Gulf of Mexico and Prairie Birdlife

NCCOS is participating in a public-private program to reduce nutrient inputs to the Gulf of Mexico hypoxic (“dead”) zone that managers expect to simultaneously benefit threatened native grassland bird species in steep decline The Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers Landscape Conservation Cooperative  (ETPBR LLC) is proposing a “Gulf Hypoxia Restoration Incentive Program” to reduce […]

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Mussel Watch Data Presented at Great Lakes Mercury Workshop

On May 30-31, NOAA Mussel Watch program data, collected by the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, was presented at “Mercury in the Great Lakes,” a workshop organized by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes National Program Office/Region 5 and the U.S. Geological Survey. NCCOS has been monitoring a wide array of contaminants, including mercury, […]

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NCCOS and NIST Scientists Propose Using “Chemical Footprints” to Enhance NOAA Mussel Watch Program’s Monitoring of EPA- designated Areas of Concern

EPA Region 5 in Chicago recently hosted the second meeting on “effects-based” monitoring in the Great Lakes and scientists from NCCOS’ Mussel Watch Program attended. Scientists have long recognized that chemical contaminant monitoring in environmental matrices is expensive and limited in its ability to identify ecological risk. Molecular, biochemical, histological and morphological changes in organisms are useful to risk […]

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Invasive Asian Carp Movements Tracked Using ‘eDNA’

Asian carp are infiltrating major American waterways with the potential to greatly alter entire freshwater ecosystems.  Where are they going? A National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science-sponsored scientist–Dr. David Lodge of the University of Notre Dame– and his research team have developed genetic marker risk assessment tools for predicting where invaders such as Asian carp […]

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NOAA Program Awards $2.5 Million for Research on Great Lakes Invasive Species

The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science has awarded $2.5 million to the University of Notre Dame and partners to predict the next wave of invasive species likely to enter the Great Lakes and to identify cost-effective countermeasures. The project will be taking a strategic, big picture, look at Great Lakes invasive species. Although NCCOS […]

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