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EPA Boat Trawling
To answer broad-scale questions on environmental conditions, EMAP and its partners have collected estuarine and coastal data from hundreds of stations along the coasts of the continental United States. Types of data include water column parameters, sediment chemistry and toxicity, benthic communities, demersal fish, and tissue contaminants. EMAP's National Coastal Assessment comprises all the estuarine and coastal sampling done by EMAP beginning in 1990. This includes the sampling done in the biogeographic provinces as well as data from the Regional EMAP (REMAP) studies done by EPA Regional Offices. Click on the image of the EPA boat above to view a representative photo album of sampling crews in action.

Coastal 2000
Coastal 2000 will be a continuation of this Assessment. Coastal 2000 is a five-year effort to survey the condition of the Nations's coastal resources by creating an integrated, comprehensive coastal monitoring program among the coastal states.

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