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Raymond L. Hinkle, URS Corp. Kenneth A. Strait, PSEG Services Corp. Brenda Q. Evans, PSEG Services Corp.

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1 Raymond L. Hinkle, URS Corp. Kenneth A. Strait, PSEG Services Corp. Brenda Q. Evans, PSEG Services Corp.

2 PSEG Estuary Enhancement Program Wetland Restoration Diked Salt Hay Farm Sites (NJ) –Dennis Township –Maurice River Township –Commercial Township Phragmites Dominated Sites (NJ & DE) –Alloway Creek Watershed –Cohansey River Watershed –Cedar Swamp –The Rocks

3 Reference Marshes Moores Beach West –Reference for Previously Diked Sites –Mesohaline Marsh –Naturally Restored (1972) –1,257 Acres Mad Horse Creek –Reference for Phragmites Dominated Sites –Oligohaline Marsh –No Prior Disturbances –Mature Marsh Community –3,942 Acres

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7 Vegetation Cover Mapping Based on Annual CIR/True Color Photography Acquired in Peak Season Georeferenced Orthophotos Vegetation Cover Categories –Spartina spp. / Other Desirable Marsh Vegetation –Phragmites australis Dominated Vegetation –Non-vegetated Marsh Plain –Internal Water Areas –Open Water Each Category Comprised of Numerous Cover Types

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13 Mad Horse Creek 2005 Orthophotograph

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19 Marsh Production sampling Based on Field Data Collection from Plots and Transects Acquired in Peak Season Individual Species Determinations Samples Processed to Yield grams dry weight/ square meter

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26 Conclusions PSEG Estuary Enhancement Program has provided 10-year Reference Marsh Database Variability in both Coverage Primarily Related to Phragmites Expansion Success of Restoration Sites can be Evaluated on the Basis of these Data


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