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Project Details
Number
399
Town
Various Sites Throughout the Peconic Estuary Region
Start Date
April 2008
End Date
September 2012
Status
Active
Type
Monitoring
Target
Eelgrass

Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (Eelgrass) Long Term Monitoring

Under the Peconic Estuary Program Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) Long-Term Monitoring Program (initiated in 1997), Cornell Cooperative Extension closely monitors eight (8) eelgrass beds/sites within the Peconic Estuary: Bullhead Bay, Southampton; Southold Bay, Southold; Hay Beach/Gardiners Bay, Shelter Island; Orient Harbor, Southold; Northwest Harbor, East Hampton; Three Mile Harbor, East Hampton; Cedar Point, East Hampton; and, Orient Point, Southold. Each of the eight (8) sites includes six (6) monitoring stations. Parameters measured and assessed include shoot density, observed biodiversity of animals, water temperature, water quality, light penetration and percent macroalgal coverage. Eelgrass is considered an environmental indicator, and the continued long term monitoring of these eight representative eelgrass beds by Cornell Cooperative Extension is essential to understanding the effects of management and restoration initiatives within the Peconic Watershed.