chapter  15
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Colonial Waterbirds—The Future

Our studies of colonial waterbirds in Barnegat Bay over a 40-year period provide a mixture of good news and bad news. The good news concerns the success of environmental concerns and regulation leading to widespread declines in lead and cadmium-and to a lesser extent, mercury-in the coastal environment of New Jersey and the United States. Lead and cadmium are great success stories, while the battle continues to control mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants-the major source of mercury in our estuaries. The bad news is that other environmental factors are worsening, particularly the spectra of climate change, which has current and palpable effects in Barnegat Bay.