Eutrophication stresses U.S. estuaries



A 31 July NOAA report on estuarine eutrophication, or nutrient pollution, indicates moderate to high level nutrient-related impacts in 64 of 99 U.S. estuaries that had adequate data for evaluation. Lead author Suzanne Bricker of NOAA's Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment said that most problems in the estuaries are related to human activities. The report, completed in partnership with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, calls for improved management, monitoring, research, and communication efforts.

The report, “Effects of Nutrient Enrichment in the Nation's Estuaries,” is available at the Web site: