We gratefully acknowledge the federal and state agencies who financially supported this project: the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VA-DEQ), Chesapeake Bay Program;
the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (MD-DNR) Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended, administered by the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM); the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VA-DEQ), Coastal Zone Management Program; the National Park Service (NPS), Assateague Island National Seashore;
and the School of Marine Science, Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), College of William and Mary. Also, we thank the Norfolk - Southern Foundation for providing a
private grant to VIMS in partial support of this work.
Acknowledgments would not be complete without commendation for the groups
that provided ground surveys of SAV beds, which were used in conjunction
with interpretation of the 2006 photography: Peter Bergstrom of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); Cassandra Carr of Maryland Environmental Service (MES); Candace Croswell of Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Resource Management (BCDEPRM); Chris Guy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS); Debbie Hinkle, Evamaria Koch, and Tim Carruthers of University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science - Horn Point Laboratory (HPEL); Nancy Rybicki of the United States Geological Survey Water Resources Division (USGS); Tom Parham of Maryland Department of Natural Resources (MD-DNR); Brian Sturgis of National Park Service (NPS); Chris Tanner of St. Mary's College of Maryland (SMCM); Terry Willis of Chester River Association; and Ken Moore, Paul Richardson, Erin Shields, Scott Marion, Martin Wunderly, and Corey Holbert of VIMS. We would also like to thank citizens who provided ground data, including Richard Crenshaw, Tom Harten, Eugene McCord, Justin Reel, and Steve Sharkey.
The production of this report required the dedication of numerous scientists,
technicians, artists, photographers, and others. The following people deserve
a note of thanks: Mike Fritz of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Mike
Naylor of Maryland Department of Natural Resources (MD-DNR), and Peter Bergstrom
of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). We are especially grateful to the dedicated VIMS personnel who
contributed greatly to the production of this report: for Kim Krecek's tremendous assistance and perseverance in orthorectifying flight lines and for constant, careful efforts to maintain high quality control; Jane Lopez, Katherine Davis Small, Margaret Fonner of the Sponsored Programs office provided grant
administration; Information Technology and Network Services provided computer
services; and Regina Burrell and Maxine Butler of the Department of Biological
Sciences provided secretarial and purchasing services.
Air Photographics, Inc. conducted the aerial photographic missions and
was responsible for the high quality aerial photographs and scans.