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Aerial Update 5/20/16

May 20th, 2016 · No Comments

Report on observations from a low level flight over the seaside bays and lower western shore
On Friday, May 20, Jon Lefcheck and I took a low reconnaissance flight out of Newport News to assess the SAV situation in the VA coastal bays and a portion of the lower western shore.  A concern was the eelgrass [...]

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More Eelgrass in South Bay

April 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

Earlier I mentioned that as were mapping the South Bay bed from the 2013 photos we were stuck by the large number of ‘dark specks’ on the photos in an area at the south end of South Bay which we had not mapped yet.  These specks were in an area adjacent to an area we [...]

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6/27/13 Aerial Update

June 27th, 2013 · No Comments

Bob Orth, VIMS
I hope you are all having a good year with your work around the bay. The weather has been really challenging for us given how windy it has been almost all spring. I don’t think we have had two successive days with low winds. It has played havoc with our field schedule,

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2012 SAV survey results - general overview

November 1st, 2012 · No Comments

Greetings SAV friends and colleagues! It looks like we dodged a bullet with Sandy down here at VIMS. We got a bunch of rain but most of us kept power throughout the storm. I hope you made out okay. Thankfully we completed the aerial photography of the entire Bay for the 2012 SAV survey before this storm hit. We will be able to produce a baywide SAV coverage number for 2012.

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07/19/10 An SAV Update

July 19th, 2010 · No Comments

Greetings SAV friends and colleagues!  I hope you are all having a good and productive summer.  However, unlike last year when we were all talking about how wonderfully cool June was, we just experienced the complete opposite this year – it was one heck of a June and I can’t remember one when it was [...]

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Final 2009 SAV aerial update

November 20th, 2009 · No Comments

We have completed the 2009 SAV aerial survey, and with one heck of a lot of luck in the MD Coastal Bays stuff just before the nor’easter hit.
Weather remained our major obstacle during the last month and a half which necessitated a continued 24/7 assessment of weather and water conditions and a contractor ready to [...]

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September SAV update with numbers for lower bay

September 30th, 2009 · No Comments

September’s weather was a bit more favorable for us to fly but still far from perfect. The winds were better that what we had for several weeks, but the tides were still higher than predicted due to local winds.
We took advantage of the few good days with the right tide, wind and sun angle to [...]

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August update on SAV observations

September 1st, 2009 · No Comments

The SAV aerial survey has had a bad bout of the summer doldrums due to some really lousy weather as well as uncooperative tide conditions.  Once the tides started getting back to normal in mid-July, the weather became especially troublesome with a lot of hot and hazy atmospheric conditions.  And to top this off August [...]

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07/20/09 Aerial Update - Lower Bay

July 22nd, 2009 · No Comments

Bob Orth, VIMS
Greetings SAV friends and colleagues! I hope you are all having a good and productive summer.
The 2009 SAV annual monitoring began in late May. We were quite successful in getting excellent imagery of the SAV beds along the eastern shore bayside from just below Cape Charles up to and including Bloodsworth Island. [...]

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09/09/08 Aerial Update

September 9th, 2008 · No Comments

JAMES RIVER UPPER MAINSTEM (CB Segments JMSTF, JMSOH, APPTF, CHKOH)
(Flight lines 154A, B, 158A, B, 159A, B, 162, 163, 164; flown Aug. 18, 19; Quads 125, 126, 135, 136, 204 and 207).
SAV remains absent along the mainstem James from below the mouth of the Chickahominy River to Richmond.  However, we have again noted SAV in [...]

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