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Barnegat Bay

Barnegat Bay and Little Egg Harbor (BB-LEH) form a shallow, back-barrier estuary complex on the New Jersey coast. Tourism, shellfishing, and recreation in and around BB-LEH are a major source of economic activity for local communities. Recent declines in water clarity, increases in harmful algal blooms, and proliferation of macroalgae are major concerns for both humans and ecosystems. The USGS New Jersey Water Science Center and Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center are undertaking a mapping, monitoring, and modeling project to support restoration of the Barnegat Bay-Little Egg Harbor estuary (http://water.usgs.gov/fluxes/bbleh.html).

 

Barnegat Bay Lidar

Bathymetry map of Barnegat Bay and Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey, based on aerial lidar data and shipboard surveys conducted in 2012.


 

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