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Quantification of Nutrient and Suspended Solids Loading from Watersheds at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC
Technical Report,01 May 2007,01 Dec 2017
University of North Carolina at Chapels Hill Institue of Marine Science Morehead City United States
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The Defense CoastalEstuarine Research Program DCERP was a 10-year research and monitoring project designed to support ecosystem-based management on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune MCBCL in North Carolina, with the overarching objective to maintain MCBCLs natural resources and support the military training mission. This report addresses gaps in the understanding of the role that military lands play in the overall function of a watershed. To fill these gaps, we used a variety of approaches, including assessing tributary and tidal creek freshwater discharge determining concentrations of nutrients, carbon, and sediments and modeling watersheds and ecosystems. Our primary goal was to provide a realistic assessment of changes in estuarine water and habitat quality that are likely to result from representative changes in land use. To do this, we qualitatively and quantitatively assessed the export of nutrients and sediments from sub-watersheds with representative military land uses.
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