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Office for Coastal Management, 2022: Protecting Alabama's Water Quality through Marsh Restoration - NERRS/NSC(NERRS Science Collaborative),

Item Identification

Title: Protecting Alabama's Water Quality through Marsh Restoration - NERRS/NSC(NERRS Science Collaborative)
Status: Completed

In coastal Alabama, stormwater runs off the land into coastal waters, carrying with it a variety of pollutants and disease-causing microbes that degrade water quality and threaten human health. Fully restored coastal marshes with complete plant cover are able to absorb up to 80 percent of the nitrogen pollution in this runoff. Less is known, however, about the capacity of marshes at different stages of restoration to improve water quality.


A team led by the Weeks Bay Reserve and University of Alabama addressed this gap by working with stakeholders to assess the ability and cost-effectiveness of marsh restoration designs, at varying stages of recovery, to remove nitrogen pollution from stormwater runoff.

Supplemental Information:

Project Lead and Contact:

Scott Phipps, Week Bay NERR,

Project Type: Collaborative Research


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
None habitat restoration
None nitrogen
None nonpoint source pollution
None restoration
None stormwater
None water quality

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None Weeks Bay, AL

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Maintenance Frequency: None Planned
Distribution Liability:

The distributor does not assume liability.

Support Roles

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 879291
Date Effective From: 2017-10-31
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Cothran, Jeremy
Email Address:


Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 880940
W° Bound: -87.855
E° Bound: -87.77
N° Bound: 30.477
S° Bound: 30.305

Weeks Bay, AL NERR

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 879295
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 2012-10-01
End: 2015-02-01

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Constraints:


Data Use Constraints:

Cite this dataset when used as a source: NOAA retains the right to analyze, synthesize and publish summaries of the NERRS/NSC data. The NERRS/NSC retains the right to be fully credited for having collected and process the data. Following academic courtesy standards, the NERR site where the data were collected should be contacted and fully acknowledged in any subsequent publications in which any part of the data are used. The data enclosed within this package/transmission are only as accurate as the quality assurance and quality control procedures that are described in the associated metadata reporting statement allow. The user bears all responsibility for its subsequent use/misuse in any further analyses or comparisons. The Federal government does not assume liability to the Recipient or third persons, nor will the Federal government reimburse or indemnify the Recipient for its liability due to any losses resulting in any way from the use of this data. Requested citation format: NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) Science Collaborative(NSC).



CC ID: 879292
URL Type:
Online Resource

This site provides a project overview and links to all associated products, including data.

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 57746
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:57746
Metadata Record Created By: Jeremy Cothran
Metadata Record Created: 2019-09-25 12:27+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2022-08-09 17:11+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2019-11-01
Owner Org: OCM
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2019-11-01
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2020-11-01