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Bacterial and Pharmaceutical Pollution from Agricu...

We studied how the use of animal waste as fertilizer on agricultural lands might influence the health of surrounding water bodies in the Chesapeake Bay. We analyzed rainwater runoff and ...
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Coastal Water Quality Monitoring and Tool Developm...

We are researching the factors that drive bacterial pollution in estuarine waters (e.g., climate variability, wastewater management, and agricultural practices), and their potential as indicators of estuarine condition. Our research ...
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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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NOAA Mussel Watch Program: An Assessment of Contam...

Since 1986, NOAA’s Mussel Watch Program has monitored the nation’s coastal waters for chemical contaminants and biological indicators of water quality. The program is being redesigned to adopt a rotating ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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NCCOS’s Mussel Watch Program to Assess Chesa...

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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science Coastal Ecosystem Assessment Program: A Manual of Methods

The purpose of this manual is to provide a framework for the assessment of ecosystem health that may be adapted, or used in whole or part for application to other regions. Methods are provided for all aspects from sampling design ...
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