Once the channels are cleared our work isn’t over. Maintaining these channels is important to ensure water is able to travel easily between the front and back of the mangroves. Maintenance varies from removing new growth to dredging excess sediment. These channels have been indicated in green on the map.
Status of the channels is monitored visually and through salinity and waterflow measurements taken incrementally throughout the forest. If water is stagnant for too long, researchers will see a decrease (or stopping) of water flow and an increase in salinity.
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