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Project-Based Monitoring
Seafood processing plant
South Slough NERR monitors levels of coliform bacteria in estuarine waters and associated creeks in collaboration with local partners to study point and non-point source contamination. Data are provided to the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for use in monitoring shellfish health and the development of Total Maximum Daily Load (TDML) limits for estuarine waters.
The Research Program also monitors biotic elements in response to issues of concern and project specific needs. These efforts currently include annual surveys of eelgrass beds (Zostera marina) and their associated communities of infaunal invertebrates, and semi-annual surveys for European green crabs (Carcinus maenas), an invasive species.