Long Island Sound Tidal Wetlands Loss Workshop Newsletter

Written by charlie   
Tuesday, 16 February 2016 01:12
I came across the Spring 2015 issue of Sound Update focuses on the topics that were discussed at the 2014 Long Island Sound Tidal Wetlands Loss Workshop on October 22-23, 2014 in Port Jefferson, NY.

The articles summarize the following workshops and related research on:
  • Topic 1: Wetland Submergence
  • Topic 2: Ecological Indicators of Wetland Change
  • Topic 3: Wetland Elevation Changes
  • Topic 4: Marsh Migration
  • Topic 5: Tidal Wetlands Trends and Conditions Assessment

Submergence is the gradual conversion of tall smooth cordgrass in the low marsh to mudflat. In coastal Connecticut and Long Island, the low marsh zone consisting largely of Spartina alterniflora, has been converting to mudflats over the last 30 years in many areas. There have been many proposed explanations, including climate change, the effects of excessive nitrogen curtailing root growth which in turn weakens the structure that keep the muck and peat bound together.

Also discussed is Sudden vegetation dieback (SVD) also found in the low marsh area, and identified by the loss of vegetation over a number of years with limited regrowth, likely the result of multiple stressors including the purple marsh crab.

The newsletter is a great introduction to the wetland science and challenges faced by wetlands in the Long Island Sound.

World Wetlands Day - 2016

Written by charlie   
Tuesday, 02 February 2016 14:33
Today, February 2nd is World Wetlands Day! I had originally planned to roll out a fresh version of the website, but haven't completed it yet, so I'll just leave this here, the home of Ramsars World Wetland Day, World Wetlands Day

Delaware Wetland Video Series

Written by charlie   
Tuesday, 19 January 2016 02:20
Delaware's Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) just released its fifth wetland related video as part of the “Wetlands 101” video series - “Restoring Wetlands: Facing Challenges” on DNREC’s YouTube Channel.

“Restoring Wetlands: Facing Challenges” focuses on common problems that wetlands face, and what Delawareans can do to help restore wetlands' natural capabilities. The five-minute video features four items that impair wetlands, interesting facts, scenic views, and live wetland wildlife.

The entire playlist of 5 wetlands related videos is here and includes:
  • Wetlands 101 - What is a Wetland?
  • Wetlands 101 - 3Ps
  • Wetlands 101: Wetlands & Sea Level Rise
  • Wetlands 101: Wild Wetlands
  • Wetlands 101 - Restoring Wetlands Part 1: Facing Challenges

There are also additional wetlands related videos including one on beach grass planting produces the the DNREC.

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