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A 2015 Assessment of Metals, Legacy Contaminants, ...

NCCOS scientist deploying caged oysters at a Severn River site in Chesapeake Bay. Credit: NOAA. The Mussel Watch Program has monitored the nation’s coastal waters for chemical contaminants since 1986 ...

A Pilot Assessment of Fish Habitat in Choptank Riv...

Fish and shellfish populations depend on healthy habitats. To help understand and manage these habitats in the Chesapeake Bay, we will develop a GIS-based analytical framework that might be used ...

Chesapeake Bay Vibrio Pathogen Forecast

We forecast where and when pathogens are most likely to be found in the Chesapeake Bay, based on the salinity and temperature of the water. Public health officials use our ...

Coastal Water Quality Monitoring and Tool Developm...

Effective management of shellfish harvest in the US relies on timely and accurate information about the shellfish habitat and the factors that impact it. In some areas, poor water quality ...

Ecological Assessment to Support NOAA’s Choptank C...

We synthesized biological, chemical, and physical data from six watersheds in the Chesapeake Bay to assess impacts of land use on aquatic ecosystem health. The findings from this study are ...

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Scientists Use Land Use, Demographics Data to Mode...

The NOAA National Status and Trends Program (NST) monitors and characterizes the nation’s coastal waters at risk of contamination by anthropogenic inputs. NCCOS social scientists further characterize and model relationships ...

NCCOS, Coast Guard Collaborate in Earth Day Cleanu...

COL and USCG Station Oxford staff participated in the 2019 Earth Day community wide trash pickup in Oxford, MD. Pictured are NCCOS’ A.K. Leight on left and Gretchen Messick second ...

Study Finds Pharmaceuticals, Other Contaminants in...

NOAA scientists recently completed regional assessments of contaminants of emerging concern (CEC) for Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, and Charleston Harbor, South Carolina. Conducted as part of NOAA’s Mussel Watch Program, these ...

RDML Gallaudet Explores NCCOS Cooperative Oxford L...

Aboard the R/V Chesapeake at theCo-Operative Oxford Lab during RDML Galluadet’s May 15, 2018 visit (l to r): Mr. Jason Spires, Dr. A.K. Leight, Dr. Steve Thur, Mr. Brandon Elsner, ...

NCCOS Oxford Lab and Coast Guard Partner in Earth ...

Staff from NCCOS and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, co-located at the Cooperative Oxford Laboratory (COL) in Oxford, Maryland, partnered with U.S. Coast Guard Station Oxford personnel in a ...

Land Use in Chesapeake Bay Watershed Influences Aq...

A recent report released by the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS)found relationships between land use, water quality, and several important aquatic organisms in certain tributaries of the Chesapeake ...

Climate Patterns Influence Amount of Fecal Bacteri...

NCCOS scientists and their partners have identified a link between inter-annual patterns of precipitation and air temperature and fecal coliform levels inshellfish harvest waters in Maryland's portion of the Chesapeake ...

NCCOS's Mussel Watch Program to Assess Chesapeake ...

Scientists from NCCOS are partnering with the Maryland Department of Natural Resource (MD-DNR) to launch a monitoring project in the Chesapeake Bay designed to survey the magnitude and distribution of ...

NCCOS Completes Ecosystem Assessment of Chesapeake...

The harvest of seafood from the Chesapeake Bay, which contributes billions of dollars to local and state economies, is just one of the key aquatic ecosystem services threatened by land-based ...

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An Assessment of Contaminants of Emerging Concern in Chesapeake Bay, MD and Charleston Harbor, SC

NOAA’s National Status and Trends (NS&T) Mussel Watch Program conducted regional pilot studies to assess the magnitude and distribution of contaminants of emerging concern (CEC) in shellfish and sediment from different coastal zones. In 2015, oyster and surficial sediment samples ...

Characterization of Toxic Impacts on Living Marine Resources in Tidal Rivers of the Chesapeake Bay

In 1999, the Chesapeake Bay Program completed a survey of existing data on chemical contaminants and the potential for bioeffects in 38 tidal river systems of Chesapeake Bay. This review led to the identification of 20 areas for which there ...

Coastal Ecological Assessment to Support NOAA’s Choptank River Complex Habitat Focus Area: Tred Avon River

In the Tred Avon River, an important tributary of the Choptank River, we assessed the impacts of land use on the health of the aquatic ecosystem in a 3-year field study (2015-2017). In our analysis of information collected during the ...

Coastal ecosystem assessment of Chesapeake Bay watersheds: A story of three rivers, the Corsica, Magothy, and Rhode

This assessment explored linkages between land use and aquatic ecosystem health. Three watersheds (Corsica, Magothy, and Rhode rivers) with variable dominant land-use patterns (agriculture, suburban/residential, and mixed-use, respectively) were examined. The health of each habitat was assessed using a suite ...

Coastal Ecosystem Assessment of Chesapeake Bay Watersheds: Land Use Patterns and River Conditions

In coastal and estuarine regions, land use can have a profound impact on aquatic ecosystem health. In the Chesapeake Bay watershed, agriculture and urbanization have transformed major portions of the landscape, though some areas of undeveloped land remain. This document ...

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