Developing a nutrient pollution indicator for the Barnegat Bay-Little Egg Harbor estuary using eelgrass, Zostera marina

This report details a study conducted by Rutgers University to determine the nitrogen concentrations in eelgrass blades along a north-south estuarine gradient. These data were compiled to generate a Nutrient Pollution Index (ratio of leaf nitrogen to leaf mass) for different areas of the estuary in an effort to determine the efficacy of applying the method as a robust indicator of early nutrient over-enrichment of the system.

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