Monitoring of Intertidal Assemblages and Hydrocarbons at Point Reyes National Seashore
Service: Contaminant Effects Evaluations
AMS designed and implemented a program to monitor the intertidal assemblages and evaluate concentrations of petroleum hydrocarbons at the Point Reyes National Seashore for the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. The objective of the program is the description of baseline conditions for Natural Resource Damage Assessment actions that may be necessary in the event of a future oil spill. The rocky intertidal areas and eelgrass beds of the park are regularly assessed for the percentage cover of plants and animals and the tidal flats are assessed for bivalve densities. Sediments and select bivalve species are tested for concentrations of petroleum hydrocarbons. A key component of the project was the development of a monitoring handbook, which provides National Park Service staff the information needed to continue the monitoring activities after the conclusion of the program by AMS.