The Bay collaborates with graduate students and their professors.
An example, was in conjunction with professors and students at Cal State
Los Angeles, Defend The Bay has
research on several fronts. Professor Barry Hibbs has researched nitrogen
and selenium sources in our watershed.
of Defend The Bays research are
used to educate decision makers. For example, Professor Hibbs research
results were presented to the State Water Resources Control Board, and
are resulting in increased awareness, study and restrictions on selenium
discharges into Newport Bay.
scientific projects Defend The Bay
conducts include groundwater pollution and transfer; TMDL [total maximum
daily load] issues; algal blooms and the related effects of excessive
fertilizer input into the watershed; toxics and their effect on biota;
and sediment, its attachment properties that attract pollutants, and its
effects on Newport Bay.
Defend The Bay plans to expand its scientific research programs to involve high school and undergraduate students in monitoring and assessment.