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2008 Chesapeake Bay Report Card (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 2008 Chesapeake Bay habitat health. This is the third 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. The overall health of Chesapeake Bay was poor in 2008, obtaining a grade of C-. Health of the 15 individual reporting regions varied, ranging from B- (moderate-good) to F (very poor). For further details, visit the Report Card website.



2008 Patuxent River Report Card (Report card) Permanent Link

Produced by Patuxent Riverkeeper and EcoCheck (NOAA-UMCES Partnership)

This newsletter is the second annual Patuxent River ecosystem health report card. The report card provides grades for the three tidal regions of the Patuxent River estuary. The grades are based on the frequency that the river is able to meet six ecological targets. The results show the river is generally in poor condition despite a small improvement in the health in 2008 (compared to 2007). A narrative description of the non-tidal portion of the river based on the Patuxent Riverkeeper citizen water quality monitoring program is also provided.



2007 Patuxent River Report Card (Report card) Permanent Link

Produced by EcoCheck and the Integration and Application Network, and funded by a Chesapeake Bay Trust grant to the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES)

This newsletter introduces the first Patuxent River ecosystem health report card. This report card provides grades for three regions within the Patuxent River estuary (i.e., the tidal portion of the river). The report card grades are based on the progress of six indicators towards ecological targets. The report card shows that the Patuxent River estuary is mostly in poor condition and that substantially more effort is needed to see measurable improvements. This report card was produced in collaboration with the Patuxent Riverkeeper who recently started a citizen water quality monitoring program with the aim of using this information to assess the health of the region's creeks and estuary. Next year this data will be used to provide a more comprehensive report card.



Chesapeake Bay Health Report Card: 2007 (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 2007 Chesapeake Bay habitat health. This is the second 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.



National Estuarine Eutrophication Assessment: A Decade of Change (Presentation) Permanent Link

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

This presentation describes the methods used in the NEEA and focuses on the national results. It also describes the Mid-Atlantic results and International case studies. The presentation was given at the 2007 Estuarine Research Federation conference.



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.



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.



Solving coastal environmental problems around the world and in the Chesapeake (Presentation) Permanent Link

February 2004 Solomons Island; Docents

This 47 slide presentation provides an overview of the varying priorities in coastal issues in different parts of the world as well as detailing the development of an ecosystem health report card for the Choptank and Patuxent Rivers in Chesapeake Bay. The impacts of Hurricane Isabel are included as an example of some of the issues facing coastal regions. Further examples are presented showing success in coastal management are presented from around the world.



Solving Environmental Problems: The Role of Science in Developing Spatially Explicit Ecosystem Health Assessments (Presentation) Permanent Link

February 2004, Long Island Sound Study, Science & Technical Advisory Committee. Stamford, CT

This 55 slide presentation provides an overview of the varying priorities in coastal issues in different parts of the world. It details examples of developing spatially explicit ecosystem health assessments from Chesapeake Bay and Australia. These examples are used to discuss the issues affecting Long Island Sound in New York.



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