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Practitioner's Guide to Developing River Basin Report Cards (Report card) Permanent Link

Practitioner's Guide to Developing River Basin Report Cards

Costanzo S, Blancard C, Davidson S, Dennison W, Escurra J, Freeman S, Fries A, Krchnak K, Sherman J, Thieme M, Vargas-Nguyen V

Developed in partner with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) as part of the Healthy Rivers for All initiative, the Practitioner's Guide to Developing Basin Report cards is a reference and resource for the user– government or non-profit employees, development officials, basin managers, private sector representatives, community organizers, academics, journalists, and any and all interested in the health and future of freshwater resources. The Guide provides an overview of basin report cards and their use, the mechanics of report cards, and how to leverage the process and results to drive change.

Guanabara Bay Report Card (Report card) Permanent Link

This report card provides a transparent, timely, and geographically detailed assessment of health in Guanabara’s Bay and basin using data from 2013-2015. Guanabara Bay health and Guanabara Bay Basin health are defined as the progress of five water quality indicators toward scientifically-derived thresholds or goals. The indicators are combined into two water quality scores, one score for the Bay, and one for the Basin. The overall score for Guanabara Bay water quality was a D. The overall score for Guanabara Bay Basin water quality was a D. More information can be accessed on the report card website at guanabarabay.ecoreportcard.org.

Boletim de Saúde Ambiental da Baía de Guanabara (Report card) Permanent Link

Este boletim de saúde ambiental fornece uma avaliação transparente, oportuna, e geograficamente detalhada da saúde da Baía de Guanabara e sua bacia hidrográfica usando dados de monitoramento de 2013-2015. A saúde da Baía de Guanabara e da sua bacia hidrográfica são definidas através da análise de cinco indicadores comparados com limites ou metas cientificamente determinadas. Os indicadores são combinados em duas pontuações gerais, uma para a Baía e uma para a bacia hidrográfica. A pontuação geral para a qualidade das águas da Baía de Guanabara foi um D. A pontuação geral para a qualidade das águas da Bacia Hidrográfica da Baía de Guanabara foi um D.

2016 Chesapeake Bay Report Card (Report card) Permanent Link

This report card provides a transparent, timely, and geographically detailed assessment of Chesapeake Bay. In 2016, the report card includes five water quality indicators and two biotic indicators. In 2016, the overall grade for Chesapeake Bay is a 54%, a C. This means the Bay is in moderate health. Long term trends of each reporting region health and a fisheries index are also presented. For further details, visit the Report Card Website.

Exploring Everglades ecosystem health (Newsletter) Permanent Link

Working together to develop a report card - meeting newsletter

This newsletter describes the results from the first workshop to develop the Everglades Report Card and provides a roadmap for the future of this project. Members of the RECOVER (REstoration COordination VERification) team met with the Integration and Application Network to begin work on the Everglades Report Card and 2019 System Status Report. This workshop, held in West Palm Beach, Florida, took a system-wide view and is the first of four workshops to create these two documents. The system status report will give results on restoration progress and current projects being completed to achieve restoration success in the Everglades. The Everglades Report Card will be a synthesized and integrated report on the current health of the Everglades ecosystems.

Tidal water quality indicator factsheets (Brochure) Permanent Link

In partnership with Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative and Chesapeake Bay Program

The Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative (CMC), as part of the Indicator Effectiveness Matrix objective, produced 12 factsheets describing 14 tidal water quality indicators. These indicators are part of the CMC's tidal water quality Quality Assurance Project Plan and Method Manuals. The factsheets are intended for nontraditional and volunteer monitoring groups to include as part of their water quality monitoring programs as education materials for their volunteers. The factsheets will be available during CMC training workshops as well as posted online.

Report cards and system dynamics modelling (Newsletter) Permanent Link

A novel approach to advance management and health of river basins

This newsletter summarizes the outcomes of a workshop exploring the linkages and potential benefits of combining river basin health report cards and system dynamics modelling. These two approaches have traditionally been utilized separate from each other, however merging the two will lead to better management of the world's river basins. The ultimate goal of the workshop with UMCES, WWF, and LHI, along with other participants at this workshop was to develop tools and strategies to better manage and conserve the world's limited freshwater resources. The workshop was held November 9-11, 2016 in Annapolis, Maryland, United States.

Coming soon... (Brochure) Permanent Link

Developing Basin Report Cards: A Practitioner's Guide

A joint project between the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and IAN, the Practitioner's Guide will provide:

  • an overview of basin report cards and their use;
  • the mechanics of report cards; and,
  • how to leverage the process and results to drive change.
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Shenandoah National Park Natural Resource Condition Assessment (Report) Permanent Link

April 2017 revision

Costanzo SD, Lookingbill T, Walsh B, Fries A, Spitzer S, Hawkey J, Vargas V, Webb B, Easby S, Goelst C, Rouch M.

Assessment of natural resource condition within Shenandoah National Park was carried out using the National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring Program Vital Signs ecological monitoring framework. The park was categorized into six reporting areas based on two altitudes and three major geology types underlying Shenandoah National Park. Thirty-one metrics were analyzed for 14 indicators grouped into four categories: Air Resources, Terrestrial Resources, Aquatic Resources, and Landscape Dynamics. Overall, the natural resources of Shenandoah National Park were in moderate condition, based on significant concern for air resources, and moderate concern for terrestrial and aquatic resources and landscape dynamics.

Orinoco River Basin Report Card 2016 (Report card) Permanent Link

This report card provides a transparent, timely, and geographically detailed assessment of the Orinoco River Basin. In 2016, the report card includes eleven indicators in the categories of Biodiversity, Management & Governance, Ecosystems & Landscapes, Economy, People & Culture, and Water. In 2016, the overall grade for the Orinoco River Basin is a 63%, a B-. This means the Orinoco is in moderately good health. In addition to the overall Orinoco's report card, there are ten sub-basin report cards that provide further details for specific sub-basins. For further details, visit the report card website at orinocoriver.ecoreportcard.org.

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