Scientific Research and Monitoring
Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee
The Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) represents a balance of scientific disciplines with expertise in the following areas: nutrients/toxicities; transport and fate, including modeling; ecological and human health effects; and living resources.
The STAC is responsible for:
- Providing advice and guidance to research, data management, modeling, and sampling and monitoring efforts which affect the scientific adequacy of program activities.
- Suggesting specific scientific activities necessary to meet program objectives.
- Conducting peer review of studies, reports on the status and trends in the estuary, and alerting the management committee to emerging environmental problems.
- Overseeing the assembly and analysis of historical data bases for characterizing the estuary.
- Reviewing the development of any requests for proposals and proposals submitted to ensure scientific rigor and quality.
We are dedicated to the preservation and improvement of the resources of the Coastal Bays. To help achieve this goal, a volunteer water quality monitoring effort was initiated by the Citizens’ Advisory Committee and MCBP staff in 1997. This program was organized and started sampling prior to a comprehensive program being developed.
The volunteer program has since been integrated into a larger MCBP monitoring program. Data collected by this program adds to existing monitoring efforts by providing general long-term data in areas which are not routinely monitored, providing more frequent sampling (two times per month) to provide greater insight on the extent and duration of algal blooms, and providing observational information on living resources (such as fish kills and crab jubilees, both of which are caused by low oxygen concentrations in the water). Click here for a water quality monitoring report.