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Chesapeake Bay - Report Card:


This report card provides a transparent, timely, and geographically detailed annual assessment of 2009 Chesapeake Bay health. It rates 15 reporting regions of the Bay using six indicators that are combined into a single overarching index of health. This web site enables you to explore the report card via the 15 Bay regions, by the indicators and indices, and as an overview of 2009 Bay health.

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Region Summaries

Estuary Selection Map

2009 Report Card Overview

Report Card Cover

Indicators and Indices

Indicator Selection Diagram



A report card is released each year, in early to mid April, providing an assessment of the previous year's health. Health is defined as progress of the six 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.

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Acknowledgements

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: Chesapeake Bay Program, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Versar Incorporated, US Environmental Protection Agency, Maryland Department of the Environment, Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin, Old Dominion University, and Morgan State University.

While acknowledging the critical role of these organizations in generating, analyzing, and reviewing the data, the Integration and Application Network, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and EcoCheck (NOAA-UMCES Partnership) are responsible for the report card release.