Final Report Completed on Nutrient and Ecological Histories in Barnegat Bay

There is a debate going on about Barnegat Bay in New Jersey.  Is nutrient-eutrophication having an impact on the region?  The primary objective of this project was to collect sediment cores from the tidal region of Barnegat Bay and determine the chronology of nutrient changes and associated ecosystem level responses.  The study found that the most recent changes suggest an increase in habitat deterioration and pollution.  Thus, the changes recorded in diatom species convey a strong message to decision makers and managers to identify and limit all sources of nutrients that contribute to the degradation of the estuary and its watershed.
 

Read the final report here.

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