Borderline Estuaries and Interstate Management Programs

by Alan Desbonnet, Univ Rhode Island, Graduate Sch of Oceanography, Narragansett, United States,
Virginia Lee, Univ Rhode Island, Graduate Sch of Oceanography, Narragansett, United States,
Tim Dillingham, Univ Rhode Island, Graduate Sch of Oceanography, Narragansett, United States,
Mary-beth Hart, Univ Rhode Island, Graduate Sch of Oceanography, Narragansett, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '91

Abstract: Estuaries bordered by more than one state authority often suffer from contrasting and/or conflicting management practices along the shores of a continuous body of water. Management strategies of an opposing nature within the same body of water, particularly those of small size, have the potential to cause imbalance in the growth, development, and use of the resource. Water quality classification and management is examined in a riverine estuary that forms the border of the states of Connecticut and Rhode Island. Although the two states typically manage and perceive water quality in a similar way, differing methods of classifying water quality create a great deal of confusion about quality of the water and the goals for future development of the estuary.

Subject Headings: Water quality | Estuaries | Quality control | Coastal management | Water pollution | Sea water | Dispute resolution | North America | United States | Connecticut | Rhode Island

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