Short Citation:
Office for Coastal Management, 2020: Quantifying Nutrient Retention by Lake Erie Coastal Wetlands - NERRS/NSC(NERRS Science Collaborative),

Item Identification

Title: Quantifying Nutrient Retention by Lake Erie Coastal Wetlands - NERRS/NSC(NERRS Science Collaborative)
Status: Planned

This project will address key information gaps identified by land managers, regulators and conservation groups involved in coastal wetland restoration and management efforts around Lake Erie. Specifically, these groups want more precise estimates of nutrient retention in wetlands to inform decisions around wetland management, hydrologic reconnection of diked wetlands, and the potential creation of coastal wetlands to manage nutrient run-off. The ability to quantify and communicate about the role of wetlands in nutrient management is critical for the development of achievable plans for meeting agreed upon water quality targets for Lake Erie and Sandusky Bay.


The return of large harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie, as well as low oxygen levels (hypoxia) in lake bottom waters, have led to an intensified effort to understand, predict and reduce nutrient loading to the lake. Coastal wetland restoration has been identified as a management tool for achieving an international goal of 40% reduction in phosphorus loading to Lake Erie. For example, wetland restoration is central to nutrient reduction plans for Sandusky Bay, Ohio. However, the capacity of different coastal wetlands to retain nutrients and improve water quality is not well understood.

Supplemental Information:

Project Lead

Kristi Arend

Old Woman Creek National Estuarine

Research Reserve

Ohio DNR Office of Coastal Management

(419) 433-4601

Song Qian

Department of Environmental Sciences

University of Toledo

(419) 530-4230

Project Type

Collaborative Research – generating

science that informs decisions

Project Partners

• City of Sandusky

• Erie Soil and Water

Conservation District

• Ohio Department of Natural Resources,

Ohio Coastal Management Program

• Ohio State University

• The Nature Conservancy Ohio

• University of Toledo

• U.S. Geological Survey, Great

Lakes Science Center


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords Earth Science > Biosphere > Ecosystems > Marine Ecosystems > Estuary

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords Continent > North America > United States Of America > Ohio
None Old Woman Creek NERR, OH

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Maintenance Frequency: None Planned
Distribution Liability:

The distributor does not assume liability.

Support Roles

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 795559
Date Effective From: 2017-10-31
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Cothran, Jeremy
Email Address:


CC ID: 795560
Date Effective From: 2017-11
Date Effective To: 2019-10
Contact (Person): Arend, Kristi
Email Address:


Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 795557
W° Bound: -82.525
E° Bound: -82.41
N° Bound: 41.385
S° Bound: 41.364

Old Woman Creek, OH NERR

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 795556
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 2017-11-01
End: 2019-10-01

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Constraints:


Data Use Constraints:

Cite this dataset when used as a source: NOAA retains the right to analyze, synthesize and publish summaries of the NERRS/NSC data. The NERRS/NSC retains the right to be fully credited for having collected and process the data. Following academic courtesy standards, the NERR site where the data were collected should be contacted and fully acknowledged in any subsequent publications in which any part of the data are used. The data enclosed within this package/transmission are only as accurate as the quality assurance and quality control procedures that are described in the associated metadata reporting statement allow. The user bears all responsibility for its subsequent use/misuse in any further analyses or comparisons. The Federal government does not assume liability to the Recipient or third persons, nor will the Federal government reimburse or indemnify the Recipient for its liability due to any losses resulting in any way from the use of this data. Requested citation format: NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) Science Collaborative(NSC).



CC ID: 795562
URL Type:
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Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 54585
Metadata Record Created By: Jeremy Cothran
Metadata Record Created: 2018-11-01 11:31+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: Tyler Christensen
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2019-11-26 17:27+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2019-11-26
Owner Org: OCM
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Next Review Date: 2020-11-26