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Florida DEP CAMA, NE: Guana Tolomato-Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve / Aquatic Preserve

Sponsoring Organization:  Florida Department of Environmental Protection: Coastal and Aquatic Managed Areas (CAMA) Northeast

Description:  CAMA has one Atlantic Coastal NERRS site in its program, Guana Tolomato Matanzas NERR, and the Water Quality data are available for this through the NERRS centralized System-wide Monitoring program ( SWAMP). The Guana - Tolomato - Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTMNERR) is part of the temperate Carolinian biogeographic province. It represents a relatively undeveloped, coastal estuarine ecosystem in the southeastern U.S. The Tolomato, Guana and Matanzas River estuaries form a system of "bar-bounded" estuaries that extend south from Jacksonville in Duval County to below Marineland in Flagler County behind the barrier island system. The Guana River estuary runs parallel to the Tolomato River estuary on the seaward side, with the two lagoons joining just north of the St. Augustine Inlet. Oceanic exchange occurs through the St. Johns River Inlet, a major navigational channel to the north, and the St. Augustine Inlet to the South. The Matanzas River estuary extends approximately 20 miles south from the St. Augustine Inlet to about eight miles south of the Matanzas Inlet. These tidal inlets form the oceanic exchange for the estuarine ecosystem. The St. Augustine Inlet has been stabilized with north and south jetties and is the major entrance to the Intracoastal Waterway which runs through the Matanzas estuary. Matanzas Inlet is one of the last "natural" inlets on Florida’s east coast. It has remained unimproved, with no dredged channel or armored shoreline, and is suitable only for small water craft. The inlet is characterized by a transitory offshore bar and inner shoal with high tidal currents. The GTMNERR contains two aquatic preserves - the Guana River Marsh Aquatic Preserve and the Pellicer Creek Aquatic Preserve.

Web Site:  http://www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/sites/gtm/info.htm

Program Contact:  Dr. Mike Shirley

Program Contact Email:  Michael.Shirley@dep.state.fl.us

Program Purpose:  Data generated from the research programs are used to assess the health of the ecosystem and guide future research efforts. Visiting scientists utilize on-site field station for systems and baseline studies of the plant and animal communities of the reserve. Long-term ecological monitoring efforts of the GTM Reserve include water quality monitoring (physical, chemical and biological), and meteorological and tidal conditions. Geographic Information System (GIS) data and remote sensing are used to analyze natural resources within the reserve and human use of the coastal area. The National Estuarine Research Reserve System-wide Monitoring Program tracks short-term variability and long-term changes in estuarine waters to understand how human activities and natural events can change ecosystems. It provides valuable long-term data on water quality and weather at frequent time intervals. Coastal managers use this monitoring data to make informed decisions on local and regional i

Data Access Web URL:  http://cdmo.baruch.sc.edu/QueryPages/viewstations.cfm?Site_ID=gtm

Data Access Information:  1. Select the stations that you would like to export data from using the list below. 2. If you change any of the selected stations, you must click the Export data button in order to get the correct date ranges for those stations. 3. Once you have selected the stations and the date range, click the Export data button to retrieve your data. 4. Please note that all data exported using this routine will include parameter flag columns that indicate if the data are good, were missing, were out of sensor range or historical seasonal range. If you want the data without these QAQC parameter flag columns, use the Yearly Files download function under the Get Data menu to retrieve yearly files, however please note that only authenticated data (not provisional or real time data) are available there.

Data Access Policy:  Exportable. See NERRS organization entry.

Data Access Policy Web URL:  http://cdmo.baruch.sc.edu/QueryPages/csv_export.cfm

Monitoring Stations:  no stations are currently registered in the database

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