2014 Long Island Sound Tidal Wetlands Loss Workshop


On October 22-23, 2014, the Long Island Sound Tidal Wetlands Loss Workshop was held at Danfords Hotel and Marina in Port Jefferson, NY. The workshop was a follow-up to a workshop New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, supported and funded through the Long Island Sound Study (LISS), LISS Habitat Restoration Initiative, and the LISS Management Committee, held in 2003 to look at the issue of tidal wetland loss.

The goal of the 2014 workshop was to have an engaging learning experience and discussion amongst leading edge marsh managers, researchers, practitioners, and regulators regarding tidal wetland loss and change in Long Island Sound and regionally. The workshop intended to provide the attendees with an update on post 2003 funded research. It also intended to expand the discussion to consider other wetland losses and changes, how to manage and monitor loss, and identify the role of climate change. Finally, the workshop was intended to serve as a forum to inform scientists and managers about what research and monitoring tells us about tidal marsh health.


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Sound Update Newsletter

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Biographies of Presenters

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Attendee Contact List

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Submergence – wetland changes since late 1800’sLong Island Sound Tidal Marsh SubmergenceRon Rozsa (CT DEEP, retired)
Submergence – The Role of Nitrogen and other Chemical StressorsNitrogen and low marsh lossScott Warren (Connecticut College)
Anisfeld Lab Marsh Nitrogen StudiesShimon Anisfeld (Yale FES)
Is nutrient enrichment a marsh stressor?Cathy Wigand (USEPA AED)
Sudden Vegetation DiebackBarn Island Sea Level FensRon Rozsa (CT DEEP, retired)
Anisfeld Lab Sesarma StudiesShimon Anisfeld (Yale FES)
Sudden Vegetation DiebackRoman Zajac (UNH)
SLAMM Migration ModelingSLAMM (Sea Level Affecting Marsh Migration) Migration ModelingAmy Polaczyk (Warren Pinnacle Consulting, Inc.)
Ecological Indicators of Wetland Change: Wildlife and Plants Ecological IndicatorsRoman Zajac (UNH)
Ecological indicators of wetland changeChris Elphick (UConn)
Expansion of PannesPannes & PoolsRon Rozsa (CT DEEP, retired)
What to do about pannes?Nicole Maher (TNC)
Elevation and Sediment Accumulation – Surface Elevation Tables (SETs)SET-MH Study SitesNicole Maher (TNC)
Salt Marsh Loss in NYC, Site Specific Intensive Monitoring with SETs in Long Island SoundEllen Hartig (NYC Parks)
Monitoring Tidal Water Elevation, Water Quality, and Surface Elevation Tables (SETs) in Four Embayments of Long Island Sound, New York to Assess Tidal Wetland LossVictoria O’Neill (NYSDEC) and Tristen Tagliaferri (USGS)
Anisfeld Lab SET StudiesShimon Anisfeld (Yale FES)
Salt Marshes and Sea Levels in Eastern Long Island SoundScott Warren (Connecticut College)
Surface Elevation Tables in the Tivoli Bays: Monitoring SETs in a freshwater tidal marsh in the Hudson River EstuarySarah Fernald (NYSDEC HRRR)
AccretionTroy Hill (Yale FES)
NY Tidal Wetland Trends Analyses and Conditions AssessmentLong Island Tidal Wetlands Trends Analysis Report [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4]Will Bowman (Land Use Ecological Svcs, Inc) and Robert Svadlenka (Cameron Engineering)
NYC Tidal Wetland Vulnerability AssessmentChris Haight (Natural Areas Conservancy)
Marine TransgressionMarine transgressionChris Elphick (UConn)
Barn Island Sea Level FensRon Rozsa (CT DEEP, retired)
Anisfeld Lab Marine Transgression StudiesShimon Anisfeld (Yale FES)
Saving our Marshes – Spotlight on Jamaica Bay, NY and Narrow River Estuary, RIJamaica Bay, NY: Marsh Island Loss & RestorationSteve Zahn (NYSDEC)
Evaluating Methods to Establish Vegetation for Salt Marsh Island Restoration in Jamaica Bay, New YorkPatti Rafferty (NPS)
Saving Our Marshes: Jamaica Bay Fringe MarshesRebecca Swadek (NYC Parks)
Narrow River Estuary, RICathy Wigand (USEPA AED)
Barn Island – 60+ years of wetland changeBarn Island Wildlife Management Area [Part 1] [Part 2]Ron Rozsa (CT DEEP, retired)

For More Information

This workshop was sponsored by the Long Island Sound Study, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and New York Sea Grant. For more information, please contact Victoria O’Neill, LISS Habitat Restoration Coordinator for New York, at [email protected]or 631-444-0441.

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