Utilizing Geodesign for Restoration Efforts in Quantuck Bay, New York

Authors: Lucy DiBenedetto*, Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program (Stony Brook University)
Topics: Coastal and Marine, Marine and Coastal Resources, Environmental Science
Keywords: geodesign, marine restoration, marine conservation
Session Type: Guided Poster
Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 4:30 PM / 6:10 PM
Room: Roosevelt 3.5, Marriott, Exhibition Level
Presentation File: Download

Quantuck Bay is a relatively small body of saltwater situated on the southeastern part of Long Island. It is approximately two square mile and connected to the Atlantic Ocean through Moriches Bay via Moneybogue Canal in the west and Shinnecock Bay via Quogue Canal in the east. Over the past 16 years, there has been a noticeable darker color in the water column paired with a decline in water quality in much of the study area, thus making this area prone to seasonal outbreaks of harmful algal blooms. In 2012, the Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program (“ShiRP”) started efforts to restore the bays; prior to their involvement, there was limited data recorded on the bay’s conditions. Since then, projects have been started to restore bivalve populations and eelgrass beds, monitor water quality, and analyze the ecological interactions throughout the bays. This geodesign project is aimed towards showing current conditions, conditions over time, and creating viable methods of restoration through geodesigning techniques utilizing data from ShiRP, local governments, the New York State (NYS) Department of Health, and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.

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