Tidal Marshes Compared for Effectiveness in Improving Quality of Estuaries
Bloomington, Indiana --
Professor Christopher Craft is co-author of an article published in the May/June issue of the Soil Science Society of America Journal. The authors compared levels of organic carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus in freshwater, brackish and saltwater marshes of the Georgia coast. They determined that the marshes collectively remove up to 32% of the nitrogen entering the estuaries from the land, and that freshwater and brackish marshes are especially important to maintaining the quality of estuarine ecosystems.