Blog posts categorized by Environmental Report Cards
View from Long Island Sound funders meeting conference room, New York City.

Long Island Sound funders meeting

Bill Dennison ·
4 February 2014
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On 24 Jan 2014, I traveled to New York City to meet with the Long Island Sound funders network. This recently formed group is pooling their resources to develop Long Island Sound conservation and restoration initiatives. They are a stimulating and thoughtful group of people from different organizations with different backgrounds, united in this effort to make Long Island Sound a better place to live for the 8+ million people who call the Long Island Sound watershed home.

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Riverprize Gala Dinner at the 16th International Riversymposium.

International Riversymposium 2013

Bill Dennison ·
15 October 2013
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The 16th annual International Riversymposium was held in Brisbane, Australia during September 2013. I traveled to Australia with Heath Kelsey and we made presentations during a stimulating session on environmental report cards, which featured the long-term Southeast Queensland report card program, the Great Barrier Reef report card, our fledgling Mississippi River report card effort, and a bit about the process of creating and maintaining report cards.

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Bombay Cricket Club courtyard.

Sights and sounds of India

Bill Dennison ·
8 October 2013
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This was my first trip to the subcontinent so everything was new to me. The stopover in Mumbai (Bombay) was my first encounter with the traffic, noise, smells and crowds of people. The airport is surrounded by dense housing, much of which includes blue tarps and corrugated iron as roofing and walls. I could smell the masses of people, even in the airport.

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Heath Kelsey, Jane Hawkey and Bill Dennison standing on the shore of the Gulf of Kachchh.

The people of the Gulf of Kachchh

Bill Dennison ·
3 October 2013
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We were impressed with the industrious people in the region surrounding the Gulf of Kachchh. The Gulf of Kachchh is a major economic driver for India, importing and refining oil, and producing fertilizer, food and salt. The rich natural and cultural resources were considerable. The abundant bird life, wildlife, mangroves, corals and fisheries are examples of the rich natural resources. Corn, cotton and other crops are grown in the region, and the region is also known for its dairy products.

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Banner advertising the workshop.

Gulf of Kachchh Integrated Assessment

Bill Dennison ·
1 October 2013
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We conducted a second workshop in Gandhinagar, the capitol of Gugarat, India, which immediately followed our report card workshop in Jamnagar. This workshop was held at the Gujarat Ecological Education and Research (GEER) Foundation. Gandhinanger was about 5 hours drive from our report card workshop in Jamnagar. GEER is a bit like one of the UMCES laboratories with an environmental research and education mission.

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Heath Kelsey talking at the Upper Mississippi River watershed workshop.

Developing a Mississippi River report card: Upper Mississippi River workshop in the Quad Cities

Bill Dennison ·
26 September 2013
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The IAN crew (Bill Dennison, Heath Kelsey, Bill Nuttle, Caroline Wicks) traveled to Moline, Illinois to facilitate the first of a series of workshops that will occur throughout the massive Mississippi River watershed. This workshop was focused on the Upper Mississippi River watershed - extending from Minnesota and Wisconsin in the north,including large portions of Illinois, Iowa and Missouri, and extends to the junction of the Missouri River near St. Louis, MO.

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Indicators monitor critical functions of an actual engine.

Assembling Indicators for a Mississippi River Basin Report Card

Bill Nuttle ·
24 September 2013
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The report card for the Mississippi River basin. The purpose of this report card is to provide people with information on status and trends of the entire Mississippi basin taken as a whole. The watershed of the Mississippi covers 40 percent of the continental United States. Exploration and development of the region during the 19th and the first half of the 20th centuries helped define the character of the United States.

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Ruma Chakraborty

Jai Ho!: A song for the Gulf of Kachchh report card workshop

Bill Dennison ·
17 September 2013
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We stopped in Mumbai in route to Jamnajar workshop, which is the home of the Indian film industry, known as Bollywood. The Oscar winning film Slumdog Millionaire was filmed there and the grand finale song and dance number 'Jai Ho' was a highlight of the film. Jai Ho was written by A.R. Rahman who won an Oscar for this song. I adapted Jai Ho for the conclusion of the report card workshop. Ruma Chakraborty kindly agreed to sing a few stanzas of this report card version of Jai Ho!

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