EPA Science Inventory

Pettaquamscutt Cove Salt Marsh: Environmental Conditions and Historical Ecological Change

Citation:

Watson, Elizabeth B., C. Wigand, H. Andrews, AND S. Moran. Pettaquamscutt Cove Salt Marsh: Environmental Conditions and Historical Ecological Change. US EPA Office of Research and Development, Washington, DC, EPA/600/R-14/065, 2014.

Description:

Using historic air photos and U.S. Coast Survey maps, historic vegetation changes were identified. Using surveys of vegetation and elevation, we measure elevation of Narrow River salt marshes, and compare it with other salt marshes in Rhode Island and neighboring states. Water levels were measured and used to develop an inundation/frequency diagram. By analyzing dated and undated salt marsh sediment cores, accumulation rates, soil composition, and historic nitrogen sources are also reported.

Purpose/Objective:

Restoration planning is underway for the Narrow River Estuary, with the goal of improving ecological resilience of estuarine habitats to climate change, including water quality, biodiversity, and fish and wildlife habitat. We report on environmental conditions relevant to restoration planning.

URLs/Downloads:

EB_PETTAQUAMSCUT_RPT_FINAL.PDF   (PDF,NA pp, 5057.052 KB,  about PDF)

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (PUBLISHED REPORT/REPORT)
Start Date: 07/10/2014
Completion Date: 07/10/2014
Record Last Revised: 06/22/2015
Record Created: 07/10/2014
Record Released: 07/10/2014
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 280792

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS RESEARCH LAB

ATLANTIC ECOLOGY DIVISION

HABITATS EFFECT BRANCH