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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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NCCOS Scientists Brief New York Stakeholders on Role of NOAA Mussel Watch for Supporting Regional Activities Associated with EPA-led Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation recently hosted a meeting in Albany, NY that brought together potential federal partners to discuss NY’s Great Lakes current efforts and ways forward to remove Beneficial Use Impairments and monitor the recovery of Areas of Concern (hot spots). NCCOS scientists shared with NY State AOC coordinators and managers its past, current […]

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NCCOS-supported Scientists Untangle Food Web, Habitat Value

Being able to numerically determine how much food is produced by different habitats in relation to each other helps habitat restoration and conservation managers put a price on the value of ecological services provided by the habitats. Scientists at the University of North Carolina supported by the Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise Research Program developed data on habitat […]

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Lab-grown Transplants Could Supplement Offshore Methods to Replenish Endangered Coral

Can nursery raised corals restore reefs as well as those grown offshore? NOAA is sponsoring the National Coral Reef Institute to compare the growth rates of each technique. A dramatic decline of this endangered species threatens the habitat of thousands of invertebrates and fish. Growing coral transplants offshore is an effective method of replenishment, but […]

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Rock Sills Used for Salt Marsh Stabilization May Adversely Affect Food Webs at Marsh Edge

NCCOS funded scientists from the University of North Carolina documented the effect of rocky sills (shore-parallel, rock structures) on near shore habitat. Short rock sills are a common stabilization method and a living shoreline restoration technique, but little is known about their effects. The researchers studied algal mat abundance at two sites of silled marsh compared […]

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Everglades Restoration Review Invites NOAA Input

The National Research Council Committee for Independent Review of Everglades Restoration is learning more about the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science-sponsored Marine and Estuarine Goal Setting for South Florida (MARES) project. The Committee has invited MARES project leader, Dr. Peter Ortner, Director, Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies, to speak about the project at its […]

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