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2017 Estuary Research Workshop

Limiting Factors Beyond Nitrogen

Narragansett, Rhode Island
The Coastal Institute at URI
September 13, 2017

The 2017 Estuary Research Workshop will focus on nutrients (emphasis on phosphorus) that are potentially limiting in, and detrimental to, the Northeast’s estuaries.

Nitrogen (N) is the primary limiting nutrient in most estuaries and excess N loading often results in eutrophication and poor water quality. Eutrophication degrades water quality resulting in hypoxia, harmful algal blooms, loss of seagrass, and other impacts. There is also evidence for phosphorus (P) limitation in some estuaries, particularly in mid salinity regions during high-flow periods. Narragansett and Chesapeake Bays are two East Coast estuaries with demonstrated seasonal P limitation. While there is an active debate in the scientific literature over the relative importance of N versus P in controlling eutrophication, particularly in freshwater, both the EPA and the European Union encourage consideration of both.

Workshop participants will include researchers, administrators, and advocates who conduct or oversee estuary research and monitoring.

The day will include talks by Robert Howarth, Hans Paerl, and James Ammerman.


Registration will open July.

Hotel Accommodations
NEIWPCC has reserved a block of rooms for September 12, 2017, at the Holiday Inn, 3009 Tower Hill Road, South Kingstown, Rhode Island 02874. The Single/ Double room rate is $99/night plus tax.

If you would like to reserve a room please call the hotel directly at 401-789-1051 and ask for one of the rooms reserved under the NEIWPCC block code “WPC”. To reserve a room online, use this link. Select a check-in date of September 12, then click “Check Availability” (the group code will appear automatically).

The room cutoff date is August 22, 2017.

NEIWPCC seeks poster abstracts for a lunch-time poster session. Posters may relate to any aspect of estuary health or nutrient limitation in any type of water body. Participants interested in bring a poster can submit a short description of the poster topic online by August 31, 2017.

NEIWPCC contact: Anna Meyer (978) 349-2519


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