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Great Barrier Reef Report Card Summary - 2009 Baseline (Report card) Permanent Link

Reef Water Quality Protection Plan Secretariat

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest and best-known coral reef ecosystem in the world. This first report card provides an estimate of the status of the key indicators for the period preceding 2009. It is based on historical data and trends and takes into account the influence of a variable climate from year to year. This serves as a baseline that will be used as a point of comparison to measure progress towards Reef Plan goals and targets. This report card presents results up to 2009 and therefore does not include the effects of Cyclone Yasi and the more recent flood events which will be presented in subsequent reports. For additional details on the GBR report card, see the regional summaries and technical report documents. Also, see the Reef Plan Report Card website.

Great Barrier Reef Report Card Regional Summaries - 2009 Baseline (Report card) Permanent Link

Reef Water Quality Protection Plan Secretariat

This document contains report card summaries for the Cape York, Wet Tropics, Burdekin, Mackay-Whitsunday, Fitzroy, and Burnett-Mary regions. Each section details the region profile, and key findings, as well as summarizing the report card results for land practices, catchment indicators and loads, and the marine parameters; water quality, seagrass, and corals. It also describes positive actions in the regions to improve ecosystem health. For additional details on the GBR report card, see the report card summary and technical report documents. Also, see the Reef Plan Report Card website.

Great Barrier Reef Technical Report Card - 2009 Baseline (Report card) Permanent Link

Reef Water Quality Protection Plan Secretariat

The Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area is renowned internationally for its ecological importance and beauty. However, despite it being one of the best managed coral reefs in the world there is a very real risk of damage to the reef from climate change. This technical document details all aspects of the report card process. It includes sections on management, methods, and detailed results for all regions. Also available are the Great Barrier Reef-wide summary and regional summaries documents. Also, see the Reef Plan Report Card website.

2011 Chesapeake Bay Dissolved Oxygen Forecast (Report) Permanent Link

For the past several years, Chesapeake Bay scientists have collaborated with EcoCheck to forecast summer dissolved oxygen conditions, based on flow and nutrient loading conditions through May. The 2011 anoxia forecast is supported through research at Johns Hopkins University, Old Dominion University, UMCES-Horn Point Lab, and the Chesapeake Bay Program. This forecast uses the same basis as previous anoxia forecasts—nitrogen loads—but adds other elements that may provide a better understanding of anoxia in the mainstem Bay. The forecast was divided into early summer and late summer predictions because for the past several years there has been a noticeable change in anoxic volume following wind events in late June and early July. The early summer anoxia forecast predicts moderate to poor conditions, based on nitrogen loads from January to April as well as high flow in May.

Total Maximum Daily Loads: A citizen's guide to the Chesapeake Bay TMDL (Newsletter) Permanent Link

EcoCheck in collaboration with the Chesapeake Bay Program

Residents of the Chesapeake Bay watershed depend upon a healthy Bay for food, recreation, and commercial enterprises. But the ways in which we use the watershed’s lands—from driving our cars to spreading fertilizers—impact the health of the Bay’s waters. Wastewater treatment plants, agricultural operations, and urban runoff are major sources of the nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment pollution that threaten the Bay’s health. The Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) is designed to restore the health of the Bay’s waters by reducing the pollution from these and other sources.

Sampling and data analysis protocols for Mid-Atlantic tidal tributary indicators (Report) Permanent Link

EcoCheck in collaboration with the Mid-Atlantic Tributary Assessment Coalition

Wicks EC, Andreychek ML, Kelsey RH, Powell SL

This document provides guidelines for the successful production of tidal ecosystem health report cards. Specifically, this document develops clear and consistent protocols for the identification, collection, and analysis of indicators to be used by report card-producing organizations in the mid-Atlantic region.The overall objective of this protocol document is to encourage and enable comparisons of monitoring results from report card-producing organizations and to increase the scientific validity of report cards as outreach tools. This document is intended for use in tidal areas only, as the ecosystem health indicators and thresholds discussed are pertinent only to tidal ecosystems.

A Conceptual Basis for Monitoring Vital Signs: Shenandoah National Park (Brochure) Permanent Link

As a 200,000-acre natural oasis in the densely populated mid-Atlantic region, Shenandoah National Park is a refuge for both wildlife and people. This booklet illustrates the unique natural resources in the park and demonstrates the need for natural resource monitoring. It also explores the natural processes and human-caused activities that pose a threat to park ecosystems, and investigates the selection of vital signs—indicators of natural resource conditions.

Expanding the diversity of the Mid-Atlantic Tributary Assessment Coalition (Poster) Permanent Link

Poster presented at the 2010 Maryland Water Monitoring Council (MWMC) conference in North Linthicum, Maryland

Since the 2006 release of the first EcoCheck Chesapeake Bay report card, environmental report cards have gained increasing popularity and recognition as a public-friendly and scientifically sound method for reporting the health of a waterway. Recently, a number of watershed organizations in the Mid-Atlantic region have begun producing their own tributary-specific report cards. In 2009, the Mid-Atlantic Tributary Assessment Coalition (MTAC) was formed to foster collaboration among watershed organizations and to fully develop the potential of region-specific environmental report cards. This can be accomplished through the standardization of indicators, monitoring and sampling protocols, data analysis methods, and science communication techniques.

2010 Summer Review (Report) Permanent Link

Summer conditions for 2010 were influenced by above-average winter flow and below-average late spring and summer flow into the Bay. The timing of flow was important this year, in comparison to 2009, when the spatial pattern of flow into the Bay was important. Additionally, summer air temperatures in 2010 were above average, and combined with flow, can affect phytoplankton and fish in the Bay. 2010 summer conditions included below-average fish kills, less abundant sea nettles, and a smaller volume of low dissolved oxygen.

Maryland Coastal Bays Report Card 2009 (Report card) Permanent Link

The aim of this report card is to provide a transparent, timely, and geographically detailed assessment of 2009 Coastal Bays health. Coastal Bays health is defined as the progressof four water quality indicators (TN, TP, Chl a, DO) 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 are available at www.eco-check.org/reportcard/mcb/2009/. The overall score for the Coastal Bays was a C+ in 2009. While the northern bays and western tributaries continue to struggle, there are signs of improvement in some areas. However, the southern bays—historically the more pristine of the Coastal Bays—are showing signs of degradation.

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