Assessment of Estuarine and Nearshore Marine Environments


This report is a revised edition of a study conducted by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science for the Office of Biological Services (OBS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USF&WS), U.S. Department of the Interior, to provide background information on estuarine and nearshore marine environments for the U.S. Water Resources Council for use in the 1975 National Assessment of Water and Related Lands. The original study was completed in July 1975. Initial demand for the report exhausted all copies of the original study. The OBS requested VIMS to review the original report and prepare a revised, updated report based upon response to the original and additional data that had become available. It is hoped that this report will serve as an introduction (albeit brief) to the nation's estuarine and nearshore marine problems for those persons unfamiliar with these regions, their resources, and the problems and stresses being applied to these systems as modern civilization attempts to coerce or persuade Nature to act in accordance with the wishes of man.


132 pages; available for download at the link below.


estuarine environment, nearshore environment, water resources