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Evaluation of the impacts of dock structures and land use on tidal creek ecosystems in South Carolina estuarine environments.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15031758     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Tidal creeks and their associated salt marshes are the primary link between uplands and estuaries in the southeastern region. They are also critical nursery and feeding grounds. In addition, the uplands surrounding creeks are preferred sites for homebuilding because of their natural beauty and the ability to access the estuary from a personal dock structure. The objective of this study was to evaluate the cumulative impacts of docks on tidal creek nursery habitats for both small and large tidal creeks. The number of docks was associated with the amount of impervious cover in both small and large creeks. The presence of docks had little measurable effect on sediment metal concentrations at the scale of small and large creeks. In small and large creeks, sediment polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) concentrations were related to the human activity in the upland that includes the presence of docks at the scale of small and large creeks. Some impacts on the benthic community were associated with docks and human activity in small creeks but not in large creeks. Suburban development may reduce fish and crustacean abundances, but the dock may potentially mediate the development effect. Individually, the harm to the marine environment resulting from dock shading, chrominated copper arsenate leachates, and PAH contamination was small at the scale of tidal creeks. However, impacts from dock structures could not be separated from anthropogenic watershed-scale effects. These results demonstrate that suburban development with its accompanying dock construction does represent a major source of environmental degradation to tidal creeks and associated salt marsh habitats.
Denise M Sanger; A Fredrick Holland; Debra L Hernandez
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.     Date:  2004-03-23
Journal Detail:
Title:  Environmental management     Volume:  33     ISSN:  0364-152X     ISO Abbreviation:  Environ Manage     Publication Date:  2004 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-05-31     Completed Date:  2004-08-26     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7703893     Medline TA:  Environ Manage     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  385-400     Citation Subset:  IM    
Marine Resources Division/South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, South Carolina Marine Resources Research Institute, P.O. Box 12559 Charleston, South Carolina 29422, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aluminum Silicates / analysis
Analysis of Variance
Architecture as Topic* / trends
Ecology* / legislation & jurisprudence,  statistics & numerical data,  trends
Geologic Sediments / analysis
Polycyclic Hydrocarbons, Aromatic / analysis
Seawater* / analysis
South Carolina
Suburban Population / trends
Trace Elements / analysis
United States
Water Pollutants, Chemical / analysis
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Aluminum Silicates; 0/Polycyclic Hydrocarbons, Aromatic; 0/Trace Elements; 0/Water Pollutants, Chemical; 1302-87-0/clay

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