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Mission-Aransas - How this NERR is taking water quality monitoring to their community- with a water quality report card

Webinar archive for a case study from Mission Aransas NERR illustrating the use of water quality monitoring data to create a water quality report card that is accessible to local communities to help improve the water along their cherished beaches.

Date

Thursday, July 11, 2013
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Elkhorn Slough Reserve
Watsonville
Please bring your own lunch

COST: FREE

REGISTRATION FOR THIS PROGRAM IS CLOSED


Contact

Grey Hayes
grey@elkhornslough.org
831-274-8700

Sponsors

Description

See also: Science to Decision Making, Sustainable Human Systems

Several years ago, concerned citizens from the City of Rockport approached Mission-Aransas NERR about concerns of water quality and sea grass in a small, shallow bay directly adjacent to the Reserve, called Little Bay. This beloved bay is the primary focal point and landmark for the downtown area. It is also partially surrounded by a upscale housing development that includes a large marina and numerous canals.  The bay is connected to Aransas Bay through two outlets to the north and east. Little Bay also serves as the primary recipient of storm water drainage from the town of Rockport through Tule Creek and multiple storm water outfalls as well as runoff from the adjacent subdivision, Key Allegro.  The seagrass community in Little Bay is a monoculture of Haloudle wrightii. Historically the extent of seagrass beds in the bay has fluctuated, but the seagrass abundance remained dense.  In the past 15 years, seagrass abundance has been steadily declining, especially in the last five, and is now extremely sparse.  The bay is a major recreational area and is home to many migratory birds and juvenile fish populations.  Numerous local communities concerned about the loss of seagrass partnered to commission Mission-Aransas NERR and the University of Texas Marine Science Institute to study the possible causes of this decline. The commissioned study analyzed indicators of seagrass condition, including water quality.

Documents and Publications

Contact List
We encourage participants to download the contact list to assist with arranging a rideshare or to get in contact with someone you met at the workshop. Those interested in sharing a ride to the event are marked on the contact list.

DOCUMENT AUTHOR / SOURCE
WORKSHOP MATERIALS
Using SWMP to Address Local Water Quality Information Needs at Mission Aransas NERR
PDF, 4.6MB
Sally Palmer; Dr. Kiersten Madden, Rae Mooney, Dr. Ed Buskey
Mission Aransas NERR
July 11, 2013

Links

Ecocheck - toolkits for ecosystem health reporting
http://ian.umces.edu/ecocheck/about/

Webinar recording
https://mmancusa.webex.com/mmancusa/ldr.php?AT=pb&SP=MC&rID=53962712&rKey=fea89da796ec999c

Questions and Answers

Submit a question on this subject and we'll provide an answer. info@elkhornsloughctp.org