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 2007 photography: Peter Bergstrom of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); Gary Costanzo of Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VA-DGIF); Candace Croswell of Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Resource Management (BCDEPRM); Rebecca Golden and Lee Karrh of Maryland Department of Natural Resources (MD-DNR); Debbie Hinkle and Evamaria Koch of University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science - Horn Point Laboratory (HPEL); Nancy Rybicki of the United States Geological Survey Water Resources Division (USGS); Brian Sturgis of National Park Service (NPS); Terry Willis of Chester River Association; and Corey Holbert, Scott Marion, P.G. Ross, Mike Seebo, Erin Shields, and Martin Wunderly of VIMS. We would also like to thank citizens who provided ground data, including Richard Crenshaw, Tom Harten, Jessica Lister, Eugene McCord, and Justin Reel.
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 Tom Brooks' 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.