1999 News Releases
EPA RELEASES A REPORT ON THE ECOLOGICAL CONDITIONS OF ESTUARIES IN THE GULF OF MEXICO
Release Date: 11/23/1999
Contact Information: Wesley Lambert, EPA Press Office at (404) 562-8316; Program Contacts: Lloyd Wise, EPA Region 4 at (404) 562-9270; Jim Giattina, Gulf of Mexico Program Office at (228) 688-1172
|EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD) has published areport today entitled, The Ecological Conditions of Estuaries in the Gulf of Mexico. This report is one in a series of "State of the Region" reports and represents a coordinated effort among personnel from ORD, U.S. Geological Survey-Biological Resources Division, EPA's Gulf of Mexico Program, and EPA Regions 4 and 6. The report summarizes the condition or status and geographical distribution of ecological resources in the Gulf of Mexico. The report is based on data collected from a variety of federal, state, and local resources, notably EPA's Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (EMAP), and is designed to appeal to a broad audience of scientists, managers, and the public.
The report is organized in three parts: (1) an introduction to estuarine ecology and the factors that impact estuaries in the Gulf of Mexico, (2) an evaluation of ecological indicators used to measure the condition of gulf estuaries, and (3) an ecological report card summarizing data on ecological indicators and providing a rating of the condition of estuaries in each gulf state and for the gulf states overall.
Findings included the following: