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Raymond L. Hinkle, URS Corp. Kenneth A. Strait, PSEG Services Corp. Brenda Q. Evans, PSEG Services Corp. Slide 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 Slide 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 Slide 4 Slide 5 Slide 6 Slide 7 Vegetation Cover Mapping 1996 - 2005 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 Slide 8 Slide 9 Slide 10 Slide 11 Slide 12 Slide 13 Mad Horse Creek 2005 Orthophotograph Slide 14 Slide 15 Slide 16 Slide 17 Slide 18 Slide 19 Marsh Production sampling 1996 - 2005 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 Slide 20 Slide 21 Slide 22 Slide 23 Slide 24 Slide 25 Slide 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