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Elkhorn Slough, California: State of the Estuary Report

Wasson, K., R. Eby, C. Endris, S. Fork, J. Haskins, B. Hughes, R. Jeppesen, E. Van Dyke, and E. Watson (January 2019)

ESNERR Report, 22pp.

Scientists with the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (ESNERR) produce a State of the Estuary Report every two years. The report presents changes over time, using long-term monitoring data to detect trends in indicators that would suggest that aspects of ecosystem health or function at Elkhorn Slough are improving, degrading, or remaining stable.