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  • Partnership for the Delaware Estuary PDE Report No. 15-05

    February 2015

    For more information, please see the conference website at: www.DelawareEstuary.org/summit

    Suggested method for referencing this report: Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE). 2015. Proceedings of the Fifth Delaware Estuary Science & Environmental Summit. PDE Report No. 15-05. pp.1 – 117

    Table of Contents Sponsors ........................................................................................................................................................ 3 Overview & Goals .......................................................................................................................................... 4 Director Letter ............................................................................................................................................... 6 Awards .......................................................................................................................................................... 7 Corrections .................................................................................................................................................... 9 Agenda at a Glance ..................................................................................................................................... 10 Detailed Agenda .......................................................................................................................................... 12 Poster Presentations ................................................................................................................................... 24 Featured Speakers ...................................................................................................................................... 27 Abstracts ..................................................................................................................................................... 35

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    6th Biennial Delaware Estuary Science & Environmental Summit

    Balancing Progress & Protection – 10 Years of Science in Action

    The Grand Hotel Cape May, New Jersey

    January 25th – 28th, 2015

    Sponsors

    Benefactor • New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

    Patron • Delaware Coastal Management Program • Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control • Philadelphia Water Department • PSEG Nuclear, LLC • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

    Contributor • Alpha Analytical

    • Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection • Rutgers Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences

    Friend • The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

    • Barnegat Bay Partnership • Delaware City Refining Company, LLC • McCabe & Associates • Mid-Atlantic Coastal Wetlands Assessment • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Organization • Pennsylvania Sea Grant • University of Delaware Sea Grant

    Additional Funding Support Provided by: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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    Delaware Estuary Science and Environmental Summit Overview and Goals Since early 2005, the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary: a National Estuary Program (PDE), has convened the Delaware Estuary Science and Environmental Summit every two years as a forum to bring together researchers, resource managers, environmental practitioners and educators in a retreat-like atmosphere to share their latest research findings and experiences regarding the Delaware Estuary and River Basin Ecosystem. The event spans 3 days and typically draws more than 250 participants. By gathering experts from diverse science, restoration, resource management and outreach sectors, the Summit helps to bridge the gaps among these sectors and areas of the watershed, thereby facilitating ecosystem-based management and awareness. Following the first conference in 2005, PDE and partners used the conference proceedings to craft a “White Paper on the Status and Needs of Science in the Delaware Estuary”. The White Paper was then used as a guidance document, capturing top actions and needs. Building on the successful 2005 conference, the Summit was held again in 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2015. In each, more than 100 presentations were given in various types of sessions such as:

    • Regular science and management sessions for the presentation of any type of scientific topic relevant to the region

    • Special sessions that address matters of contemporary importance to the region’s scientific and management community

    • Outreach and training sessions on effect science communication • Thematic sessions and panels that pertain to the central theme of each biennial meeting

    2015 marked the 10-year anniversary of the Summit, making a total of 6 events since the first in 2005. For each summit, a theme was chosen that captured contemporary interests and needs. The following is a list of the themes of past summits: 2005: The State of Science in the Delaware Estuary 2007: Linking Science, Management, and Policy 2009: Planning for Tomorrow's Delaware Estuary 2011: Connections - Land to Sea, Shore to Shore, Science to Outreach 2013: Weathering Change - Shifting Environments, Shifting Policies, Shifting Needs 2015: Balancing Progress & Protection – 10 Years of Science in Action This document consists of the program schedule, abstracts, and notable awards for the 2015 Summit. Proceedings of the previous Summit evens are available from the PDE website at: www.DelawareEstuary.org/Summit

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    A Look Back at the 2013 Delaware Estuary Summit

  • Delaware Estuary Science & Environmental Summit 2015 – PDE Report No. 15-05 6

    Welcome to the Delaware Estuary Science and Environmental Summit! On behalf of the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE), welcome to Cape May and the 6th biennial Delaware Estuary Science and Environmental Summit! It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since our first Summit. In 2005 it was called a “science conference,” but it’s always been not just about the science. It’s about using the science to guide management, build awareness, and improve stewardship today and in future generations for the greatest positive impact on the Delaware Estuary. In that spirit, our program this year includes greater opportunities for collaboration across disciplines than ever before. We have special sessions on shellfish aquaculture, outreach, and development, in addition to a growing core of technical sessions on topics related to water, habitat, and living resources, covering timely topics like climate change, coastal hazard management, and urban environmental education. But beware: selecting which sessions to attend will be more challenging than ever! This sharing and collaborating grows more important with each year, as the challenges facing the Estuary grow more complex. The Summit plays an especially critical role for us as the National Estuary Program for the Delaware River and Bay. It brings the latest scientific information, debate, stakeholder input, and opportunities for collaboration to bear on efforts to improve this estuary of national significance. I’m pleased to report that in December, environmental agencies from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, the federal government, the City of Philadelphia and the Delaware River Basin Commission renewed their commitment to the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary. This is a testament to the dedication of scientists and managers across the region who have been working together today and since the Delaware Estuary Program was created in 1996. Each Summit has exceeded our expectations, and I’m sure this one will be no exception. Because it’s YOU, and the hundreds of folks who present, discuss, use, and share information here (and afterward) that make the Summit so special. So thank you for all you do for the Delaware Estuary, and enjoy the Summit! Jennifer Adkins Executive Director Partnership for the Delaware Estuary

    Jennifer Adkins is the executive director at the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, where she leads a team of science and outreach professionals devoted to improving the health of the tidal Delaware River and Bay and its tributaries. Jen has been active in conservation planning and collaboration in the Mid-Atlantic region for nearly 20 years, working for The Nature Conservancy in Delaware, the Land Trust Alliance, and the Brandywine Conservancy, before joining the Partnership in 2005. She is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a Master of Public Administration degree specializing in

    environmental and energy management, and a Bachelor of Science degree in economics.

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    Delaware Estuary Jonathan Sharp Lifetime Achievement Award – Susan Kilham

    Dr. Susan Kilham is a professor and researcher at Drexel University in Philadelphia, where she specializes in ecology and climate change. She is one of the rare scientists whose contributions span both freshwater and marine ecosyste

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