The initiative will take a two pronged approach, research and remediation. Makarewicz says, "In preliminary meetings research priorities have been identified. The top five areas include long term monitoring to identify problems completely from a scientific perspective, prioritize watersheds to understand which areas are causing the most problems, identify and analyze within each segment what is causing pollution problems, develop a central site for all information related to coastal water issues, and lastly, a survey, or quantification of all the natural resources in the area like geographical mapping. We have no central location for this information now, nothing by which we can say, this area is wetland habitat, that region is sand dunes, here is a (endangered) Black Tern nursery."
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