National Estuaries Week : Understanding Estuaries Vital Roles

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Sep
20

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Elwha river estuary, Washington State. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

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This week is National Estuaries Week, as designated by the nonprofit group, Restore America’s Estuaries. In this two-part series we will explore what estuaries are, the role they play in the state’s economy and environment, the problems they face and their future…

Read Full Article; Coastal Review (09-20-2016)

National Estuaries Week 2016; Restore America’s Estuaries (9-20-2016)
Since 1988, National Estuaries Week has celebrated the many ways we benefit, from healthy, thriving coastal ecosystems. All throughout the country, local organizations including Restore America’s Estuaries member groups, National Estuarine Research Reserves and National Estuary Programs organize special events, like beach clean-ups, hikes, canoe and kayak trips, workshops and more to recognize the special role these places play in our everyday lives…

Restore America’s Estuaries Kicks off National Estuaries Week; OpenPR (9-19-2016)
September 17-24, 2016 marks National Estuaries Week, the nation’s largest annual celebration of America’s coasts and estuaries. This year, Restore America’s Estuaries is pleased to introduce Mehgan Heaney-Grier as a proud supporter of National Estuaries Week…

Study Reveals How Rivers Regulate Global Carbon Cycle; WHOI (05-13-2015)
Nature has its own methods for the removal and long-term storage of carbon, including the world’s river systems, which transport decaying organic material and eroded rock from land to the ocean…

NOAA Report Highlights Climate Change Threats To Nation’s Estuaries; NOAA (08-08-2013)
Estuaries are places where rivers meet the sea, providing nursery habitat for fish and shellfish while buffering many coastal communities from the impacts of coastal storms and sea level rise. The climate exposure of each reserve provides first alarm indicators about the effects of climate change on the coastal ecosystems.
The nation’s 28 National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERR) are experiencing the negative effects of human and climate-related stressors. Almost 40 percent of all Americans, or about 123 million people, live in the counties directly along the shoreline and depend on these resources for food, jobs, storm protection, and recreation…

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