Impacts of Seawalls on Saltmarsh Plant Communities in the Great Bay Estuary, New Hampshire USA

@article{Bozek2004ImpactsOS,
  title={Impacts of Seawalls on Saltmarsh Plant Communities in the Great Bay Estuary, New Hampshire USA},
  author={Catherine M. Bozek and David M. Burdick},
  journal={Wetlands Ecology and Management},
  year={2004},
  volume={13},
  pages={553-568}
}
Seawalls are often built along naturally dynamic coastlines, including the upland edge of salt marshes, in order to prevent erosion or to extend properties seaward. The impacts of seawalls on fringing salt marshes were studied at five pairs of walled and natural marshes in the Great Bay Estuary of New Hampshire, USA. Marsh plant species and communities showed no difference in front of walls when compared with similar elevations at paired controls. However, seawalls eliminated the vegetative… CONTINUE READING
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