Guidelines for the Mitigation of Salt Marshes in New Jersey

by David J. Charette, New Jersey Dep of Environmental, Resources, Div of Coastal Resources, Trenton, NJ, USA,
Joseph K. Shisler, New Jersey Dep of Environmental, Resources, Div of Coastal Resources, Trenton, NJ, USA,
Richard A. Kantor, New Jersey Dep of Environmental, Resources, Div of Coastal Resources, Trenton, NJ, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '85

Abstract: Mitigation is the environmental compensation for human impacts and disturbances on sensitive and legally protected ecological systems. The primary goal of mitigating human developments in natural coastal salt marshes is to maintain the biological productivity and integrity of the estuarine ecosystem. Eight completed artificial marsh projects located along the New Jersey Atlantic coast were quantitatively evaluated and compared to adjacent natural marshes. Overall, the artificial marshes had significantly lower total vegetation biomass than natural marshes.

Subject Headings: Salts | Ecological restoration | Coastal management | Estuaries | Human factors | Protective structures | New Jersey | North America | United States

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