Report on Nutrient Pollution Forecasts Worsening Health for Nation’s Estuaries
A team of scientists from NCCOS, NOAA’s Chesapeake Bay Program Office, and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science released the most comprehensive assessment of estuarine eutrophication to date, “Effects of Nutrient Enrichment in the Nation’s Estuaries: A Decade of Change, National Estuarine Eutrophication Assessment Update,” which clearly indicates linkages between upstream activities and coastal ecosystem health. The report shows that the majority of U.S. estuaries assessed have moderate to high levels of nutrient related impairments, are highly influenced by human-related activities (i.e. agricultural activities, sewage effluent, urban runoff, atmospheric deposition), and most are expected to worsen in the future. The report also offers recommendations to reduce future problems. The report was released at a press conference on July 31, 2007 at the National Press Club and was listed as the top story on http://www.noaa.gov/. The full report can be accessed at http://ccma.nos.noaa.gov/publications/eutroupdate/.