On Nov. 1-6, 2014, in Washington, D.C., Restore America’s Estuaries (headquartered in Arlington, Va.) and The Coastal Society will host the 7th National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration, combined with the 24th Biennial Meeting of the Coastal Society. The meeting’s theme is “Inspiring Action, Creating Resilience.” For more information, visit http://www.estuaries.org/summit; or phone Restore America’s Estuaries at (703) 524-0248.
An estuary is an area where fresh water and salt water meet, typically creating highly productive aquatic ecosystems. According to the Chesapeake Bay Program (https://www.chesapeakebay.net/discover/bayecosystem), the Chesapeake is the largest estuary in the United States, but it’s certainly not Virginia’s only one. For example, the photo below (taken October 5, 2007) shows a marsh near Wachapreague, Va. (Accomack County), where freshwater creeks mix with coastal bays on the Atlantic Ocean side of Virginia’s Eastern Shore.
For an audio introduction to estuaries, have a listen (for 2 minutes/52 seconds) to “Estuary Rap and Rhyme,” Virginia Water Radio Episode 120 (July 23, 2012).