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; and the School of Marine Science, Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), College of William and Mary. Also, we thank the Norfolk - Southern Foundation and the Keith Campbell Foundation for providing
private grants 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 2009 photography: Peter Bergstrom of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); Cassandra Carr, Amanda Peñafiel, Jessica Alexander, and Lauren Leese of Maryland Environmental Service (MES); Candace Croswell of Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Resource Management (BCDEPRM); Patricia Delgado of Maryland Department of Natural Resources (MD-DNR); Roman Jesien of Maryland Coastal Bays Program (MCBP); Karen McGlathery of University of Virginia (UVA); Daniel Ryan of District of Columbia Fisheries and Wildlife Division (DCFWD); Brian Sturgis of National Park Service (NPS); Terry Willis of Chesapeake College (CC); Chris Guy of United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS); Evamaria Koch of University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science - Horn Point Laboratory (UMCES); and Scott Marion, Ken Moore, Linda Schaffner, Erin Shields, and Gina Ralph of VIMS. We would also like to thank citizens who provided ground data, including Tom Harten and Eugene McCord.
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), Lee Karrh and Jennifer Raulin of Maryland Department of Natural Resources (MD-DNR), Rick Hoffman of Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VA-DEQ), and Laura McKay of Virginia Coastal Zone Program. We are especially grateful to the dedicated VIMS personnel who
contributed greatly to the production of this report: Jane Lopez, Katherine Davis Small, Margaret Fonner, and Alex Credle 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.