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Monitoring and Evaluation of Coastal Habitats for Potential Restoration Activities

The objective of this study was to sample several wetlands in two   areas of Lake Michigan (those associated with eastern Lake Michigan   drowned rivermouth wetlands and northern Lake Michigan fringing   wetlands from the Straits of Mackinac to the Michigan shoreline of   northern Green Bay including Little and Big Bays de Noc). We also   sampled two areas on Lake Huron (Saginaw Bay and Les Cheneaux   Islands). Our sampling strategy was to adequately characterize the   flora and fauna in order to further establish baseline conditions   and make recommendations for restoration of wetlands in the coastal   zone while quantifying the amounts of disturbance each system had   already experienced.  Inter- as well as intra-site patterns in   community composition and chemical/physical condition were analyzed   in the Northern Lake Michigan, Eastern Lake Michigan drowned river   mouths, and Northern Lake Huron sites by sampling multiple points   along gradients of disturbance established a priori.  In addition,   the Eastern Lake Michigan drowned river mouth sites were sampled   twice in the summer of 2  3 in an attempt to explore variability in   community composition through the growing season. We also continued   development and testing of indices of biotic integrity based on   plant, invertebrate and fish communities that can be used to assess   the condition of existing sites and serve as a basis for measuring   success of wetland restoration efforts in the coastal zone after   they are undertaken. 

Status
In progress
Type
Project
Start Date
End Date
Researchers
Don UzarskiPrincipal Investigator
Associated with 12 projects
Thomas BurtonResearcher
Associated with 10 projects
Matthew CooperResearcher
Associated with 11 projects
Dennis AlbertResearcher
Associated with 4 projects
Agencies

Funding 12 projects for a total of $720,629.00
Scope of Study
Field Investigation
Scale of Phenomena
Community
Ecosystem
Organism
Impact of Pollutants
Nutrients, Including Phosphorus
Processes
Natural Ecological Processes
Land Use and Habitat
Shoreline
Wetlands
Resource Management
Fisheries
Lake Basin Connecting Channels
Lake Huron
Lake Michigan
Lake Superior
State Province
Michigan
Annex Numbers
Pollution from Non-Point Sources
Remedial Action Plans and Lakewide Management Plans
Research & Development
Annex 17
Cause-effect inter-relationships of productivity and ecotoxicity
Impact of water quality and AIS on fish and wildlife populations and habitats
Physical and transformational processes affecting delivery of pollutants
General
Annex
  • Annex Numbers
    Annex Numbers
    Pollution from Non-Point Sources
    Remedial Action Plans and Lakewide Management Plans
    Research & Development
  • Annex 17
    Annex 17
    Cause-effect inter-relationships of productivity and ecotoxicity
    Impact of water quality and AIS on fish and wildlife populations and habitats
    Physical and transformational processes affecting delivery of pollutants

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