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Defending our National Treasure: A Department of Defense Chesapeake Bay Restoration Partnership 1998-2004 (Book) Permanent Link

Author(s): Lane H, Woerner JL, Dennison WC, Neill C, Wilson C, Elliott M, Shively M, Graine J and Jeavons R

Defending Our National Treasure: A Department of Defense Chesapeake Bay Restoration Partnership 1998–2004 provides an overview of major issues impacting the Chesapeake Bay, history of the Department of Defense’s involvement in Bay restoration efforts, current Department of Defense Chesapeake Bay restoration initiatives, specific case studies, and viewpoints of various key individuals dedicated to restoration. These topics are presented in a richly illustrated style including maps, photographs, conceptual diagrams, and figures to uniquely communicate information and make it accessible to a broad audience. Each section provides the essence of each topic rather than the complete and comprehensive treatment. For example, there are numerous documents describing Chesapeake Bay and Department of Defense initiatives (www.denix.osd.mil). Defending Our National Treasure provides the context and background for the issues impacting the Chesapeake Bay and describes the restoration activities conducted on the Department of Defense installations within the Bay watershed.



2006 Chesapeake Bay health report card (Presentation) Permanent Link

Ben Longstaff, Michael Williams, and Bill Dennison in collaboration with the Chesapeake Bay Program

This presentation highlights the process that occurred to produce the 2006 Chesapeake Bay report card. The background information on the report card is discussed, as well as the methods used to produce the scores for each tributary. Additionally, the results and conclusions from 2006 are presented and solutions to cleaning up the Bay are touched upon. This effort is in collaboration with the Chesapeake Bay Program.



Effects of nutrient enrichment in the Nation's estuaries: A decade of change (Report) Permanent Link

Author(s): Bricker S, Longstaff BJ, Dennison WC, Jones AB, Boicourt K, Wicks EC and Woerner JL

Publisher: National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, Silver Spring, MD

This report provides an assessment of eutrophic conditions for 141 U.S. estuaries. The report was based on data and information provided by scientists and experts from around the country. Results from the assessment show that two-thirds of the estuaries evaluated exhibited moderate to high levels of eutrophication. Report production was a collaborative effort between Suzanne Bricker (NOAA NCCOS), EcoCheck (NOAA-UMCES Partnership) and IAN. More information is available from the NEEA website. You can also access the individual chapters from the NCCOS website.



Effects of nutrient enrichment in the Nation's estuaries: A decade of change (Poster) Permanent Link

Produced by Suzanne Bricker, Ben Longstaff, William Dennison, Adrian Jones, Kate Boicourt, Caroline Wicks, and Joanna Woerner

In order to evaluate the change in the extent, severity, types, and probable causes of eutrophic symptoms in the nation's estuaries since the early 1990s, an update to the original assessment was carried out with the intent to examine changes during the decade from the early 1990s to the early 2000s. This update is an attempt to look at the changes in estuaries given the documented increase in population of U.S. coastal and upstream areas, observed changes in some waterbodies, and implemented management measures.



2007 Chesapeake Bay Hypoxic Volume Forecast (Report) Permanent Link

Author(s): Scavia D

This paper describes the methods used to determine the July hypoxic volume for the Chesapeake Bay mainstem.



Chesapeake Bay 2007: Summer Ecological Forecast (Newsletter) Permanent Link

Produced by EcoCheck in collaboration with the Chesapeake Bay Program

This newsletter describes forecasts of Chesapeake Bay 2007 summer ecological conditions. Forecasts of three important Bay health indicators are provided–dissolved oxygen (DO), harmful algal blooms (HABs), and changes in aquatic grass distribution. This summer it is predicted that (1) the amount of anoxia (no dissolved oxygen) will be moderate in the Bay’s mainstem and small in the Rappahannock River, (2) the extent and duration of HABs in the Potomac River will be average, and (3) aquatic grasses in the northern Bay, lower Potomac River, and Tangier Sound will undergo no or minimal recovery from losses sustained last year. Learn more about the forecast and the supporting material by visiting the forecast website.



Breath of Life: Dissolved oxygen in Chesapeake Bay (Newsletter) Permanent Link

Author(s): Wicks EC, Jasinski DA and Longstaff BJ

This newsletter describes why dissolved oxygen is an important indicator of ecosystem health. It focuses on dissolved oxygen in Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries and describes the factors that affect dissolved oxygen. Additionally, the management decisions and actions that are being taken to reduce the amount of low dissolved oxygen in the Bay are described.



Future directions in fisheries management: An ecosystem-based approach (Poster) Permanent Link

Prepared by Kate Boicourt, Ben Longstaff, Howard Townsend, and Caroline Wicks

This poster addresses the history, theory, and practical approach of ecosystem-based fisheries management.



Calculating the 2006 Chesapeake Bay report card scores (Newsletter) Permanent Link

Prepared by EcoCheck and the Integration and Application Network in collaboration with the Chesapeake Bay Program's Tidal Monitoring and Analysis Workgroup

Ecosystem health report cards are an effective means of tracking and reporting the health of a waterway at both local and regional scales. A report card is being developed within the Chesapeake Bay science and management community in order to provide a transparent, timely, and geographically detailed annual assessment of Chesapeake Bay habitat health. This newsletter summarizes the methods and data used to calculate the report card scores for 2006.



Chesapeake Bay Habitat Health Report Card: 2006 (Report card) Permanent Link

Prepared by EcoCheck and the Integration and Application Network

This report card provides a transparent, timely, and geographically detailed annual assessment of 2006 Chesapeake Bay habitat health. A report card will be released each year, in early to mid April, providing an assessment of the previous year’s habitat health. 2006 is the first year that the report card has been released. 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. 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. For further details, visit the Report Card website.



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