Blog posts categorized by Environmental Report Cards
Caroline Donovan facilitating the workshop (top) and the workshop participants working on conceptual diagrams (bottom).

Salt marshes and Superfund sites – a trip to coastal Georgia

Caroline Donovan ·
23 December 2014
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Alex Fries and I traveled to Brunswick, Georgia to facilitate a workshop on a coastal Georgia report card for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Coastal Resources Division. Where is Brunswick, Georgia, you ask? Brunswick is approximately 1 hour north of Jacksonville, FL off the I-95 corridor. Caroline Donovan facilitating the workshop (top) and the workshop participants working on conceptual diagrams (bottom).

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Color schemes can be used to indicate health scale and trends for a particular indicator.

How is your ecosystem doing? Advances in the use and understanding of ecosystem indicators workshop

Bill Dennison ·
2 December 2014
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As part of the 2nd International Ocean Research Conference in Barcelona, Spain, Lynne Shannon (University of Cape Town) and I organized a pre-conference workshop on ecosystem indicators. This workshop proved to be a valuable opportunity to explore the development and use of ecosystem indicators. The workshop summary is as follows: How is your ecosystem doing? Advances in the use and understanding of ecosystem indicators workshop … Conveners:

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Outside the courtroom, there were many photos, maps, and posters about Mamaroneck’s history.

Long Island Sound Report Card

Alexandra Fries ·
28 October 2014
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On October 9th, Bill Dennison, Caroline Donovan, and I traveled to New Rochelle, New York, for a meeting on the Long Island Sound Report Card. The Long Island Sound Study includes two working groups, the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC), and the Science and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC). These committees had a joint meeting on October 10th that we participated in, to further the progress of the Long Island Sound Report Card.

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2014 America’s Watershed Initiative Summit, Louisville, KY

Mississippi report card video

Bill Dennison ·
21 October 2014
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As part of the release of the draft Mississippi River report card, we partnered with America's Watershed Initiative and Conversant to produce a short video that described both the process of producing the report card and the report card scores. This video did a great job of linking the riverboat paddle wheel with the report card graphic based on the paddle wheel.

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A vision for America's Watershed Report Card

Mississippi River report card song

Bill Dennison ·
14 October 2014
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We recently (1-2 October 2014) launched the draft Mississippi River report card in Louisville, KY as part of the America's Watershed Initiative Summit. The process of developing the report card is depicted in the following poem I wrote for the occasion. We started out in St. Louis, Missouri … We set the goal--a watershed report card … We figured, it can't be too hard … But we were tackling the entire Mississippi!

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Trevor Taylor from the City of Eugene introduces us to the Delta Ponds.

Did you know the Willamette River flows north?

Tracey Saxby ·
9 October 2014
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One of the things I love most about my job is that I’m constantly learning about different places, working with local experts that share their knowledge and passion for the place they live, and the science they do. Right now I’m learning about the Willamette River in Oregon, as the IAN team is working in partnership with Meyer Memorial Trust to develop an Ecosystem Health Report Card for the main stem of the Willamette.

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View of Ohio River from Galt House Hotel, Louisville, KY

Draft Mississippi River report card released at 2014 America's Watershed Initiative Summit

Bill Dennison ·
7 October 2014
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Heath Kelsey, Bill Nuttle, Caroline Donovan, Brianne Walsh and I traveled to Louisville, KY on the banks of the Ohio River to participate in the 2014 America's Watershed Initiative Summit. This Summit represented the culmination of a series of basin workshops and a concerted effort by IAN Science Integrators, Science Communicators, and Science Communication Interns to determine indicators, access indicator data and calculate scores.

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Kansas City skyline from Kaw Point, where the Kansas River terminates at the Missouri River in the West Bottoms area of Kansas City. Photo from Wikipedia.

Water supply is a concern in report card planning for the Missouri River Basin

Heath Kelsey ·
4 September 2014
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I traveled to Kansas City, Missouri August 26, 2014 to facilitate a workshop in the Missouri River Basin, as part of the Mississippi River Report Card project with America’s Watershed Initiative. This meeting, held at the Kansas City Airport Hilton, was a follow-up to the May 23 meeting we had in Rapid City, South Dakota, where we got a good start on conceptualizing issues and concerns in the basin.

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Jacqueline Talbot and Meghan Ruta talking about goals of the conference.

2014 Connecticut Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Conference

Alexandra Fries ·
28 August 2014
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In conjunction with our work on the Long Island Sound embayment report cards, I was invited to speak about report cards at the first annual Connecticut Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Conference. The conference was held on July 25th, 2014 at Goodwin College. The organizers of the conference were Jacqueline Talbot with the Connecticut River Watershed Council and Meghan Ruta with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP).

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