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Maine, NH Universities Lead Beach Research Project
07/26/2013 01:39 PM ET  

The National Science Foundation- funded project is aimed at giving states and communities stronger scientific data they can use when deciding whether to close beaches or shellfish harvesting locations.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) _ A team of researchers led by the University of Maine and the University of New Hampshire will spend three years and $6 million studying the factors affecting their shared coasts.

The project, funded by the National Science Foundation, is aimed at giving states and communities stronger scientific data they can use when deciding whether to close beaches or shellfish harvesting locations.

Researchers will be studying how natural processes such as water flow in rivers and human activities such as land development influence the presence of bacteria in coastal watersheds.

Officials say the work is important, given that value of coastal recreation in Maine and New Hampshire is estimated at $400 million.

In addition to the lead universities, six other schools in Maine and New Hampshire will be involved.


 

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