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 2008 photography: Peter Bergstrom of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); Todd Beser Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG); Cassandra Carr, Amanda Peñafiel, and Carolyn Blakeney of Maryland Environmental Service (MES); Candace Croswell of Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Resource Management (BCDEPRM); Patricia Delgado, Rebecca Golden, and Mitch Tarnowski of Maryland Department of Natural Resources (MD-DNR); Renee Gruber and Debbie Hinkle of University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science - Horn Point Laboratory (HPEL); Terry Willis of Chesapeake College; and Corey Holbert, Rom Lipcius, Scott Marion, Betty Neikirk, Martin Wunderly, and Jacques van Montfrans of VIMS. We would also like to thank citizens who provided ground data, including Stacy Beharry, Thomas Fetchko, Tom Harten, Pierre Henkart, Eugene McCord, and James Shelton.
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 Jill Dowdy'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.