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Tuesday, October 18 • 2:00pm - 2:20pm
S4. Implications of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project on freshwater and oligohaline marshes and tidal freshwater swamps in South Carolina and Georgia

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AUTHORS: Jamie A Duberstein, Clemson University Baruch Institute

ABSTRACT: Improvements in efficiencies for cargo ships accessing the Savannah River harbor are underway, along with a variety of environmental monitoring protocols. Higher salinity water is expected to flood further up the main channel of the Savannah River as the shipping lane is deepened from -42 feet to -47 feet, potentially effecting those environmental resources being monitored; mitigation features are planned to be implemented to offset marsh losses along the main channel. Twelve freshwater and oligohaline marsh sites are being monitored for changes in aboveground and/or belowground salinity, and community composition of the marsh vegetation. Three tidal freshwater forest areas are also being monitored for growth rates and salinity conditions. Marsh monitoring began in April 2014, and forest monitoring began December 2014. Analysis results from marsh vegetation surveys of June 2014 and 2015 will be compared, and the dominant six community types described. A summary of site-specific salinity conditions will also be provided. An anticipated timeline for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project will be presented, recognizing the inherent dynamics associated with this national infrastructure development priority.

Tuesday October 18, 2016 2:00pm - 2:20pm
Louisiana Room

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