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University of Georgia's MAREX Satilla River Monitoring Program

Sponsoring Organization:  University of Georgia Marine Extension Service: MAREX Marine Advisory Services

Description:  In February 2000, we began monitoring water quality on the Satilla River. Using field instruments, we measured dissolved oxygen, chlorophyll, salinity, temperature, pH and turbidity at seven stations. In addition, we brought water samples to our lab where we tested for total and fecal coliform bacteria, carbon and nitrogen, biological oxygen demand, total suspended solids, ATP, and nutrients, such as ammonia, nitrate+nitrite, and phosphorous. We recorded these parameters at low tide and at high tide each month and provided the data to Dr. Changsheng Chen, now with the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth , who created a predictive computer model of the river. This tool will be valuable in projecting future impacts that population growth and other factors will have on the river.

Web Site:  http://fvcom.smast.umassd.edu/research_projects/Satilla/index.html

Program Contact:  Dr. Changsheng Chen

Program Contact Email:  c1chen@umassd.edu

Program Purpose:  The Georgia coast is characterized by inlets, estuaries, intertidal salt marshes, and tidal creeks. In the last three decades, the quality and productivity of Georgia estuaries and inner shelf have declined remarkably due to both natural environmental deterioration and unwise human activities. Commercial fishery stocks have dramatically decreased with an increase in the salinity level and harmful algal populations in coastal rivers and estuaries. The rapid growth of Georgia’s coastal population, human removal of fresh water from rivers, and pollutant material loading from the land have had a pronounced influence on the estuarine and coastal ecosystems of Georgia. The development and implementation of successful strategies for building a long-term management plan for marine and environmental resources in Georgia estuaries require that scientists understand the natural variations and mechanisms of the salt march estuarine ecosystem. Because this system is characterized primarily by the n

Data Access Information:  Contact Dr. Chen

Data Collection Area Name:  Satilla River Estuary, GA

Monitoring Stations:  7 stations are registered in the database (search/display)

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