In March of 2020, the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership, N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, and The Pew Charitable Trusts, hosted a workshop in Raleigh, North Carolina, that brought together professionals from science, management, and conservation communities to discuss linkages between submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) and water quality. After learning about the current state of knowledge regarding water quality and SAV in the state’s estuaries throughout the morning, workshop attendees spent the afternoon in breakout groups identifying data gaps and management strategies that could be implemented in the near-term to facilitate SAV protection and restoration.
- Anne Deaton (NC DMF) - Coastal Habitat Protection Plan and Workshop Purpose and Goal
- Rich Batiuk (CoastWise Partners), Holly Greening (CoastWise Partners), and Brooke Landry (MD DNR) - Lessons Learned from Chesapeake Bay and Tampa Bay
- Jim Hawhee (NC DWR) - North Carolina's Nutrient Management Strategies
- Hans Paerl (UNC IMS) - North Carolina's Estuarine Water Quality Challenges
- Nathan Hall (UNC IMS) - Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment - Optical Water Quality Properties in NC Estuarine Waters
- Jud Kenworthy (APNEP Science and Technical Advisory Committee) - Status of SAV in North Carolina
- Tim Ellis (APNEP) and Anne Deaton (NC DMF) - Current North Carolina SAV Conservation and Management Strategies