Many estuaries that have been degraded by nitrogen pollution coming from run-off have also lost important shellfish communities that can filter water, remove nitrogen, and improve water quality. Restoring shellfish populations can help achieve mandated water quality targets; however, managers need to have a good understanding of how nitrogen moves through their estuary and the nitrogen removal capacities of their shellfish communities. The Guana Nutrients: Budgets and Bivalves project (2020-2024) is helping to fill this information gap and support water quality management efforts in and around the Guana River Estuary in northeast Florida.
The dataset description outlines the data file format and locations for the two datasets generated so far by the project:
Oyster Reefs in the Guana River, GTMNERR
The Influence of Invasive Hogs and Ribbed Mussels on Salt Marsh Functioning at the GTM Reserve
Data access: The datasets for this project have been archived with the NERRS Centralized Data Management Office and can be downloaded after completing a data request form. Click the blue "Request Data" button in the upper right corner of this page. If this button does not appear, questions about these datasets can be directed to:
Ashley Smyth, University of Florida, email@example.com or Hallie Fischman, University of Florida, firstname.lastname@example.org