News from the Delaware Department
of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
20 Feb 2004
Results of Delaware Bay Bottom Mapping Project To Be Presented
A presentation on the results of a pilot project
to map the bottom of
Delaware Bay's near-shore will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb.
26 in the
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control auditorium,
Kings Highway, Dover. The public is invited.
The benthic mapping project is a cooperative effort
of the Department of
Natural Resources and Environmental Control's Delaware Coastal
and the University of Delaware's Department of Geology.
"Given the vital role of the near-shore zone
to issues such as
biodiversity, fisheries management and beach replenishment, it
that we continue to learn as much as we can about one of Delawares
important resources," said Robert Scarborough, research coordinator
the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve. "The data
during acoustic mapping and sediment sampling project will be
develop detailed maps of the benthic sediment types and sub-benthic
The sediment distribution data will be used to generate
maps that identify
potential critical habitats and show optimal locations of borrow
dredging for beach replenishment.
The goal of the benthic mapping project is to provide
information that will help decision-makers and stakeholders better
and conserve Delawares coastal areas.
For additional information please contact Bob Scarborough
or David Carter at 302-739-3451.
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