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Nutrient Monitoring In Georgia's Coastal Rivers, Sounds, And Estuaries

Nutrient Monitoring In Georgia's Coastal Rivers, Sounds, And Estuaries

Funded by the State of Georgia, nutrient monitoring is a joint effort between the Coastal Resources Division and the Environmental Protection Division to assess the ambient nutrient trends in our sounds and estuaries.  Nutrient monitoring began on March 1, 2000 and is a continuous monitoring program designed to establish trends for Nitrate nitrogen, Nitrite nitrogen, Ammonia nitrogen, Total dissolved phosphorus, Ortho phosphate, and Silicate.  Sample collection for nutrients occurs monthly at 35 stations along the coast.  

The purpose of this monitoring effort is to establish scientifically sound data for the development of nutrient criteria in Georgia's coastal waters. The baseline data set will be used by resource managers in making sound management decisions based on both historical and current water quality conditions.