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Best Management Practice - Springer Nature

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Last Updated: 15 July 2022

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A Review of Habitat Impacts from Residential Docks and Recommended Best Management Practices with an Emphasis on the Northeastern United States

Although individual environmental impacts are generally minor, increasing dock construction and overlap with vulnerable coastal resources can result in cumulative impacts that pose threats at the ocean level. Here, we explore the potential environmental impacts of docks on estuarine and coastal flora and fauna in New England, as well as best management techniques to prevent or minimize such impacts. Given the essential ecosystem services these vegetated habitats provide and their vulnerability to dock-induced habitat modification, we're particularly concerned about impacts to salt marsh and submerged aquatic plants. In the permitting process, cumulative impacts must be considered rather than reducing environmental impacts. To minimize remaining dock construction, we recommend that managers develop plans or bylaws that identify vulnerable habitats where dock construction should be avoided as well as BMPs to make remaining dock proliferation less effective.

Source link: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12237-021-01006-0

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