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2013 Pipe Creek Report Card Permanent Link

Pipe Creek is a small tributary to Sandusky Bay on the south-central shore of Lake Erie. The Pipe Creek watershed is largely developed by a combination of urban and agricultural land uses. Pipe Creek is best known for its 97 acre State Wildlife Area located at the mouth of Pipe Creek, which was constructed in the early 1990s as a mitigation site for wetlands destroyed by development elsewhere. Existing ecological data collected by government and local community groups from Pipe Creek and its watershed, provide an excellent platform to develop an annual report card that acts to synthesize, interpret and disseminate this information. Using water quality indicators, the health of the Creek was determined for 2013. This report card provides the overall results, and describes how the public can help as well.



2013 Old Woman Creek Report Card Permanent Link

Old Woman Creek, on the south-central shore of Lake Erie, is one of Ohio’s few remaining examples of a natural estuary and is designated as a National Estuarine Research Reserve and a Ohio State Nature Preserve. It is the only Great Lakes freshwater estuary in the National Estuarine Research Reserve System and is managed cooperatively by NOAA and the ODNR. Existing ecological data collected by government and local community groups from Old Woman Creek and its watershed provide an excellent platform to develop an annual report card that acts to synthesize, interpret and disseminate this information. Using water quality indicators, the health of the Creek was determined for 2013. This report card provides the overall results, and describes how the public can help as well.



2013 Mills Creek Report Card Permanent Link

Mills Creek is a small tributary to Sandusky Bay on the south-central shore of Lake Erie. The Mills Creek watershed is largely developed by a combination of urban and agricultural land uses. Mills Creek is also part of a Karst geological region, which is characterized by a series of sinkholes and underground rivers flowing through cracks and cavities in the limestone bedrock. Using water quality indicators, the health of the Creek was determined for 2013. This report card provides the overall results, and describes how the public can help as well.



2012 Chilika Lake ecosystem health report card Permanent Link

The World Bank-funded Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) project serves to assist the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, in building national capacity for implementation of a comprehensive coastal management approach, and piloting the integrated coastal zone management approach in states of Gujarat, Odisha, and West Bengal, all with long coastlines and unique biodiversity conditions. Each state has a State Project Management Unit (SPMU), which, for the State of Odisha, the Chilika Development Authority (CDA) has been designated. Chilika Lake, on the Bay of Bengal in the Indian State of Odisha, is rich in natural and cultural beauty, and important to local livelihoods. But, the lagoon is subjected to constant pressures from both natural processes and human activities. This is the first of a proposed series of Chilika Lake Ecosystem Health Report Cards, supported by the CDA and the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. The 2012 report card will serve as a baseline to enhance the understanding and management of the Chilika Lake ecosystem for the benefit of all.



2012 Chesapeake Bay Report Card Permanent Link

This report card provides a transparent, timely, and geographically detailed assessment of Chesapeake Bay. In 2012, the methods for the report card have changed to include five water quality indicators and two biotic indicators. In 2012, the overall grade for Chesapeake Bay is a 47%, a C. This means the Bay is in moderate health. Fisheries indicators as well as trajectories of reporting region health are also presented. For further details, visit the Report Card website.



2012 Maryland Coastal Bays report card Permanent Link

The aim of this report card is to provide a transparent, timely, and geographically detailed assessment of 2012 Coastal Bays health. Coastal Bays health is defined as the progress of four water quality indicators (total nitrogen, total phosphorus, chlorophyll a, dissolved oxygen) and two biotic indicators (seagrass, hard clams) toward scientifically derived ecological thresholds or goals. The six indicators are combined into one overarching Coastal Bays Health Index, which is presented as the report card score. Detailed methods and results are available on the EcoCheck Coastal Bays report card website. The overall score for the Coastal Bays was a C+ in 2012, with a slight improvement since 2011.



Baltimore Healthy Harbor Report Card 2012 Permanent Link

This report card was developed to help lead private citizens, government, and businesses toward a healthy Baltimore Harbor, which is swimmable and fishable by 2020. The Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore, and Blue Water Baltimore, published this Healthy Harbor Report Card to help work toward clean, safe, and accessible streams and Harbor for everyone. Using water quality indicators the health condition of the Harbor was determined for 2012. Human health indicators are also discussed in the report card. This newsletter provides the overall results, and describes how the public has been helping clean up their Harbor as well. The report card grade for 2012 is a C-. For further information, see the report card website.



2012 Chester River Report Card Permanent Link

Publisher: Chester River Association

This report card summarizes 2012 water quality in the Chester River, based on data collected by the Chester River Association and various partners. They collect data for five indicators: water clarity, dissolved oxygen, total nitrogen, total phosphorus, and chlorophyll-a. It examines the health of the river in both tidal and non-tidal regions, and provides information on what concerned stakeholders can do to help improve water quality.



2013 West & Rhode Rivers Report Card Permanent Link

Publisher: West/Rhode Riverkeeper, INC

This is the fifth annual West & Rhode Rivers report card. It presents data and information on six different ecological health indicators. It also gives examples of what the public can do to improve health of the rivers.



2012 Report Card - Eastern Bay, Choptank, Miles, and Wye Rivers Permanent Link

Publisher: Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy

This report card is an assessment of the aquatic health of the Eastern Bay, Choptank, Miles, and Wye Rivers, and is based on data collected by the Midshore Riverkeeper scientists and Midshore Creekwatchers. It is the third annual report card which discusses the status of river health in the midshore during 2012 based on five different indicators.



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