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Georgia DNR Nutrient Monitoring in Coastal Rivers, Sounds and Estuaries

Sponsoring Organization:  Georgia Department of Natural Resources: Georgia Coastal Resources Division

Description:  Nutrient monitoring is an effort funded by the State of Georgia to assess the nutrient loads in our sounds and estuaries. Nutrient monitoring is a continuous monitoring program designed to establish trends for Nitrate nitrogen, Nitrite nitrogen, Ammonia nitrogen, Total dissolved phosphorus, Ortho phosphate, and Silicate. Sample collection for nutrients occurs monthly at 89 stations on the coast. River nutrient monitoring is funded by the State Legislature annually. Monthly monitoring occurs year-round on the Ogeechee, Altamaha, and St. Marys Rivers. On each of these rivers, six (6) sample sites have been chosen using the collective knowledge of resource managers, commercial fishermen, and scientists. Water samples from each of these sites are collected by CRD and analyzed by University of Georgia for a suite of nutrients including Nitrates, Nitrites, Ammonia, Total Dissolved Phosphorus, Orthophosphates, and Silicates.

Web Site:  http://www.coastalgadnr.org/ha/wq/nm

Duration:  03/01/2000 to present  (as of 06/30/2014)

Program Contact:  Dominc Guadagnoli

Program Contact Email:  Dominic_Guadagnoli@dnr.state.ga.us

Program Purpose:  Nutrient monitoring is a continuous monitoring program designed to establish trends for Nitrate nitrogen, Nitrite nitrogen, Ammonia nitrogen, Total dissolved phosphorus, Ortho phosphate, and Silicate. Sample collection for nutrients occurs monthly at 89 stations on the coast.

Monitoring Stations:  49 stations are registered in the database (search/display)

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