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Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Monitoring Protocol Delivered to North Carolina Resource Managers

A recent assessment of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) monitoring programs revealed a global decline in the underwater plants’ abundance even though they are recognized worldwide for their many important ecological functions such as providing essential habitat for many commercially important species of fish, shellfish, and invertebrates. North Carolina has the third largest total area of SAV between Maine […]

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Great Lakes Restoration Assembly Features NOAA-funded Erie Hypoxia Project

A session in Great Lakes Week 2012, an annual gathering of the diverse groups leading the fight to restore the Great Lakes, centers on a research project funded by NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science. Dr. Don Scavia, lead investigator of the project “Forecasting the Causes and Consequences of Lake Erie Hypoxia” will be a panelist […]

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Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Grant Awarded to NOAA Partner

On August 10, 2012, the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative awarded researchers from the Medical University of South Carolina, a partner institute of NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science Hollings Marine Laboratory, one of 19 grants that support studies determining environmental effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010. The university researchers […]

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Midwest Droughts Cited as Factor in Smaller Dead Zone

Drought in the Midwest contributed to what has been measured as the fourth smallest “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico since 1985, according to scientists with the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This year’s dead zone measures about 2,889 square miles compared with a dead zone of 6,770 […]

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Scientists Gauge Restoration Success in Great Lake Tributary

From July 16–20, scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science joined their counterparts from elsewhere in NOAA, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Michigan to gather zebra mussel samples from a river undergoing extensive remediation to restore its recreational, commercial, and aesthetic benefits to the community of Manistique and […]

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Dead Zone Pollutant Grows Despite Decades of Work: Scientific American

The Missouri River stretches more than a quarter-mile from shore to shore here, its muddy water the color of coffee with a shot of cream. The river carved this valley hundreds of thousands of years ago, and in the 1830s, it deposited the German settlers who founded this city. Today, visitors who sip local wine […]

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Dead Zones, Sea Level, Algae Blooms and Restoration Focus of Gulf Gathering

The importance of the Gulf of Mexico to the US economy is significant. The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science has invested over $66M in public funds for research into harmful algal blooms, nutrient over-enrichment contributions to hypoxia, ecological effects of sea level rise (EESLR), and coral reefs in the Gulf of Mexico since 1990. […]

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NOAA Scientist Presents Algal Bloom Models at Great Lakes Restoration Meeting

On May 21, a researcher from NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) presented recent findings at the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Nearshore and Nonpoint Source Work Group, led by EPA’s Great Lakes National Program Office. The work group seeks to further understand the link between phosphorus runoff with blooms of toxic and noxious […]

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