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IAN and EcoCheck (a NOAA-UMCES partnership) recently released the 2006 Chesapeake Bay Report Card. The report card provides a scientifically robust — and geographically detailed — annual assessment of Chesapeake Bay habitat health. This report card rates 15 reporting regions of the Bay using six indicators that are combined into a single overarching index of habitat health. Habitat health is defined as progress of the six indicators towards established scientifically derived ecological thresholds or goals. The report card was produced in partnership with many Chesapeake Bay scientific and management organizations and individuals. The report card and supporting material can be downloaded from the EcoCheck website.
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