New Mapping Reveals Lost West Coast Estuary Habitat – and potential for restoration

Correigh Greene, NOAA Fisheries August 2019 An unprecedented survey has revealed the loss of about 85 percent of historical tidal wetlands in California, Oregon, and Washington. The report, published today in PLOS ONE, also highlights forgotten estuary acreage that might now be targeted for restoration. Where West Coast rivers reach the sea, estuaries serve as […]

Blue carbon and climate change

Estuaries have the capability to sequester carbon, which helps reduce the amount of carbon in the atmosphere… but how much carbon they trap is unknown in the Pacific Northwest.  The Estuary Technical Group, along with folks from Oregon State University and Columbia River Estuary Study Taskforce (CREST), went to Astoria to try and answer this question.  […]