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1993 Distribution of Submerged Aquatic Vegetation in the Chesapeake Bay

Published: December 01, 1994

The term "submerged aquaticc vegetation" for the purpose of this report encompasses 20 taxa from 10 vascular macrophyte families and 3 taxa from 1 freshwater macrophytic algal family, the Chrarcease, but excludes all other algae, both benthic and planktonic, which occur in Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.  The distribution of submerged aquatic vegetation, principally rooted vascular macropjytes, in the Chesapeake Bay, its tributaries, and Chincoteague Bay, was mapped from black and white aerial photographs taken during May to October 1993 at a scale of 1:24,000.  SAV bed perimeter information was digitized and stored in a computerized data base.  Groud truth information was obtained from US fish and Wildlife Service, USGS National Center, Harford Community Collete, Maryland; Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission, Patuxent River Park; and the College of william and Mary,m School of Marine Science, Virginia Institute of Marine Science.  Citizen support via the US fish and Wildlife Service and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation provided additional ground truth information.

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