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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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The distribution and abundance of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) in the lower Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries were delineated with color aerial photography and surface information. Over 8500 hectares of SAV were identified on 31 topographic quadrangles. To enable computer retrieval of the aerial resource information, all information from the 1978 mapping effort was entered into a data base based on the Universal Transverse Mercator coordinate system.

The greatest concentrations of SAV were found at the mouths of the largest tidal rivers and creeks along the Chesapeake Bay shoreline, and to the east of Tangier and Great Fox Islands. Freshwater and low salinity portions of Virginia's tidal rivers were generally found lacking in large areas of SAV, although numerous small fringing beds and pocket areas associated with adjacent tidal marshes were identified.


Aquatic plants -- Chesapeake Bay Region (Md. and Va.) -- Geographical distribution, Aquatic plants -- Chesapeake Bay Region (Md. and Va.) -- Maps

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EPA report number 600/8-79-029/SAV1