Elwha river estuary, Washington State. Photograph: © SAF
In this week’s edition of Estuaries and Coasts, a Michigan State University doctoral student joins with others to give a sweeping assessment to understand how human activities are affecting estuaries, the nation’s sounds, bays, gulfs and bayous. These are places where freshwater flows into the oceans, and the needs of the people blend with a wide variety of fish and shellfish that support both commercial and recreational fishing.
This first comprehensive look at changes in land cover, river flow, pollution and nutrient levels offers a comprehensive look at the state of America’s estuaries…