Research Provides Freshwater Inflow Management Recommendations for Coastal Estuaries

The amount of freshwater entering the Texas estuary system is declining and threating the continued health of this important natural resource. A team led by the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve undertook the research project focused on the Guadalupe-San Antonio and Mission-Aransas estuaries. Bringing together stakeholders ranging from scientists to ranchers and fishermen, the project identified and addressed knowledge gaps. Project data also provided insight into how changes in freshwater influence blue crab populations, a key food source for critically endangered whooping cranes that winter in the area. (2016)

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Partners: Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve, NOAA Office for Coastal Management, Texas A&M University, University of Texas

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