Existing Priority Evaluation

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* 1. Please indicate (i.e. yes/no) whether additional research and monitoring activities during the next 2017 TBEP Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan implementation period (i.e. 2017 - 2027) is needed for the existing priority research elements developed by the TBEP TAC from 2006-2011. Progress on each of the existing research priorities identified below can be viewed here: http://www.tbeptech.org/committees/tac/203-tac-priorities-progress-to-date .

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A. Continue to assess the water quality, sediment quality and habitat of tidal tributaries in Tampa Bay. Specifically collect data and develop information for smaller tributaries to support implementation of current management strategies.
B. Improve monitoring of pollutant loading (particularly nutrients) from the entire watershed (i.e. in both gaged and ungaged basins). Deploy additional continuous water quality and flow monitors in the bay, considering new technologies.
C. Determine the important resources affected by changes in freshwater inflow. Mine existing data sources to examine effects of FW inflow changes on fisheries and other biological resources. Assess potential effects of MFLs on habitat and biota.
D. Evaluate the potential effects of climate change on ecological systems in Tampa Bay. Identify management strategies and a framework to assess climate change impacts on coastal habitats (i.e., uplands, wetlands, seagrass, and associated fauna).
E. Determine the assimilative capacity for nutrients in the Tampa Bay estuary.
F. Determine direct and forecasted impacts of continued watershed development on estuarine resources and processes (e.g, hydrological changes, hurricane vulnerability assessments, OneBay initiative, evaluating Ecosystem Serv., coastal habitat change)
G. Facilitate the development of Total Nitrogen TMDLs and BMAPs for waterbodies within the watershed.
H. Develop and implement a monitoring program to track coastal habitat quantity & quality. Incorporate new technologies, as appropriate, to monitor coastal habitats. On-the-ground, precise change analysis over annual & decadal scales preferred.
I. Quantify ungaged streamflow and groundwater flow to Tampa Bay, and develop estimates of surface and groundwater flux to Tampa Bay.
J. Improve linkages between watershed-based and hydrodynamic models to better predict water quality, hydrology, sediment transport & circulation in the bay so that impacts to habitat and biota can be assessed. Refine these models for shallow areas.
K. Coordinate restoration efforts to help achieve both habitat and water quality targets.
L. Identify causes of seagrass recovery slowdown or seagrass loss in “problem areas” representing at least 10% of a bay segment.

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