NOAA Awards $100K to Study Nutrients, Microbila Dynamics in Florida Bay
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration awarded $100,000 to three institutions – University of Maryland at College Park ($35,287), University of South Florida ($47,770), and Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission ($16,944) – to study nutrients in microbial communities. The goal of this research is to better understand how the changing nutrient load from the Everglades restoration effort will affect Florida Bay. The funding is the final installment of a two-year grant from NOAA, which has a total value of approximately $200,000.
South Florida is the site of a $7.8 billion restoration effort to revitalize the Everglades and restore the water quality of Florida Bay. Part of this effort will include the return of surface flow through the Everglades, which will change the form, relative amount, and delivery of dissolved nutrients such as nitrogen, carbon, and phosphorus. Based on studying the concentrations, absorption rate, and cycling of these nutrients in microbial communities, researchers hope to better understand the effects of the restoration effort and to suggest strategies for nutrient management.