Stephen Borgianini, Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
in the Department of Natural Sciences at USCB talked about the importance of
the ecosystems and the uniqueness of the salt marshes of the May River. Salt
marshes make up 1/2 of the land in Beaufort County, making our marshlands
among the most productive ecosystems in the world. Different factors  that
affect the ecosystem include latitude, tidal cycles and the degree of
riverine input. The tides serve to clean the marsh and our marshes today are
affected by Sea Level Rise (SLR). While the environment can be harsh for the
many organisms and creatures that live in the marshes, the balance is very
important to maintaining a good balance...even a fast boat leaving a wake
can have a detrimental effect on the marsh.