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Proposal to the National Science Foundation Division of Ocean Sciences Section of Physical Oceanography Determination of the Direction, Magnitude, and Variability of Ground Water Flow into a Myrtle Beach Swash and the Resulting Delivery of Nutrients. Requesting $128,300 for two years of investigation. Principle Investigator : P.O Box 261954 Conway, SC 29528-0654 (843) 349-2219 Grantee Organization : Coastal Carolina University Department of Marine Science P.O Box 261954 Conway, SC 29528-0654 (843) 349-2219 http://kingfish.coastal.edu/marine
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Project Summary Intellectual Merit: This investigation aimed at quantifying the magnitude of groundwater flow and the nutrients it delivers will bridge the gap in current knowledge and understanding of the sources of nutrients to swash systems and the degree of importance these sources have. Over the course of this study, undergraduate students will have the opportunity to work along side investigators from Coastal Carolina University and gain valuable experience in field and laboratory methods. After the study is completed, undergraduate students as well as local high school students will be provided with new equipment and data sets that educators can use as their classes investigate coastal processes as part of their respective courses of study. In addition, the results of this research will aid the Principle Investigator in other areas of coastal swash and estuarine studies. Broader Impacts: The Myrtle Beach area is not only home to a modest number of local residents but is also a popular tourist destination. People from all over the country are drawn to this area for numerous reasons one of which being the area’s variety of wildlife and unique habitats. Swash systems are vital in supporting local fish, invertebrate, and bird populations and their protection is crucial. The results of this study will be made available to local DNR and EPA authorities, along with any other interested organizations, so that proper rules and regulations can be put into place to limit the use of harmful fertilizers and chemicals and protect the natural resources and beauty of the Myrtle Beach area.
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Table of Contents Number of Pages Page Number Project Summary 1 A-1 Project Description 5 C-1           Introduction C-1           Objectives C-2           Hypotheses C-2           Methods C-3           Timeline C-3           Benefits and  Impacts C-4           Figures C-5 Biographical Sketch 1 D-1 References Cited 1 E-1 Budget 1 Budget Justification 1
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Project Description Introduction: Swash systems have been well established as high areas of productivity, which serve as nursery grounds for a wide variety of fish and invertebrates and are important for nutrient cycling (Wilson 2002, and Peterson, 2003). Much is known about the effects of the nutrients nitrate and phosphate on phytoplankton and algal communities in the marine environment but there is limited understanding of the sources and points of input for these
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