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Baltimore Harbor - Report Card:

This report card provides a transparent, timely, and geographically detailed annual assessment of 2013 Baltimore Harbor health.

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People are working together in Baltimore to restore their Harbor to be swimmable and fishable by 2020. Baltimore Harbor can be transformed into a truly recreational Harbor with green edges and running paths; trash-free open waters for boating, fishing, and swimming; shoreline marsh that shelters crabs and herons; and a Harbor teeming with fish that are safe for human consumption. Due to increased development, population pressure, and industrialization of Baltimore over the years, the Harbor has become degraded.

The Healthy Harbor report card provides a transparent, timely, and geographically detailed annual assessment of 2013 Baltimore Harbor health. This report card will be released each year in late May, providing an assessment of the previous year's health. The report card rates three reporting regions of Baltimore Harbor and uses five indicators that are combined into an overarching index of health.

Health is defined as progress of the five indicators towards established scientifically derived ecological thresholds or goals. A low score therefore means that the region rarely meets the ecological threshold levels. A high score means that the region often meets the threshold levels. This website enables you to explore the report card via the three Harbor regions, by the indicators and indices, and as an overview of 2013 Harbor health.

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The data and methods underpinning this report card represent the collective effort of many individuals and organizations working within the Chesapeake Bay scientific and management community. The following organizations are acknowledged for their significant contributions to the development of the report card: The Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore, Blue Water Baltimore, and University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.

The Healthy Harbor Report Card is made possible by the generous support of our Sponsors: The Abell Foundation, Critical Areas Commission, Brown Advisory, BGE, Legg Mason, Constellation, T. Rowe Price, and Baltimore Office of Sustainability.