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Title: Biological effects of breakwater construction on aquatic communities in the Great Lakes
Authors: Coastal Engineering Research Center (U.S.)
Keywords: Breakwaters
Navigation problems
Aquatic communities
Hydrodynamic conditions
Habitat changes
Great Lakes
Publisher: Coastal Engineering Research Center (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Coastal engineering technical note ; CETN-V-20.
Description: Technical note
Problem: Breakwaters and jetties are common engineering solutions for rectifying navigation problems in coastal systems. Construction of breakwaters and jetties may produce short- or long-term impacts on aquatic communities as a consequence of altered hydrodynamic conditions, sedimentation patterns, water quality parameters, and other physical or chemical factors. These alterations, in combination with habitat changes manifested by the presence of the structure(s), may affect the character of aquatic communities in the project area. Very little information is available which describes the biological effects of such structures, particularly in the Great Lakes region. Therefore, an environmental monitoring program to assess the impacts of navigation project construction at a Great Lakes site was initiated.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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