Blog posts categorized by Environmental Report Cards
Riverkeeper Conservancy report card launch.

Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy report card launch

Bill Dennison ·
19 April 2013
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On April 13, I was a speaker at the report card launch of the Choptank and Miles-Wye Rivers, sponsored by the Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy in Easton, Maryland. The launch was held in the beautiful Talbot County Historical Society auditorium. Tim Junkin, the Executive Director of Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy, was the Master of Ceremonies. The event was very well attended, with well over a hundred people in attendance, far exceeding expectations.

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Sign in lobby of The Water Institute of the Gulf

A visit to The Water Institute of the Gulf in Baton Rouge

Bill Dennison ·
18 March 2013
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I traveled to Baton Rouge, Louisiana for a two day workshop at the relatively new, The Water Institute of the Gulf (of Mexico). I have been to Baton Rouge several times over the past few years, most recently to work with the State of Louisiana's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority on the 2012 Master Plan. My role in that project was co-chair of the Science and Engineering Board. The other co-chair on that Board is now the CEO of the Water Institute, Dr. Chip Croat.

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Caroline Wicks, Heath Kelsey, Russell Callender, Bill Dennison, and Ken Barton with a framed history of EcoCheck's first phase.

Ending a NOAA partnership and beginning a new EcoCheck chapter

Bill Dennison ·
3 January 2013
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EcoCheck was formed in 2004 as a partnership between the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It was created by Drs. Bill Dennison (UMCES) and Bob Wood (NOAA) to develop ecological forecasting and environmental reporting capacity in the Chesapeake Bay.

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Figure 2. Potential representation of results from goal and value assessment.

Mississippi River Report Card Vision and Framework

Heath Kelsey ·
6 November 2012
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In September, America’s Great Watershed Initiative (AGWI) held a summit in St. Louis, Missouri to develop more coordinated management of the Mississippi River Basin. AGWI is an initiative primarily led by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), although the management of the initiative itself is up for discussion. The summit brought together stakeholders with many perspectives to work on common management, communications, and assessment frameworks for the Mississippi River Basin.

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Regional assessment framework, based on habitats expected in each island type. Each applicable habitat would be assessed independently and the results integrated to arrive at an overall environmental condition assessment.

Samoa State of the Environment 2012

Heath Kelsey ·
9 May 2012
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Developing an environmental assessment framework in the Pacific … In collaboration with the Secretariat for Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP), Heath Kelsey, Tracey Saxby, and Adrian Jones traveled to Samoa (Tracey and Adrian will be there until the end of this month) to help develop an environmental assessment framework for Pacific island countries. This current work follows on from a workshop in Nadi, Viti Levu, Fiji, in March this year.

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Bill Dennison presenting the overall report card scores.

Chesapeake Bay 2011 report card release at Baltimore Harbor

Bill Dennison ·
18 April 2012
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The following remarks were made at the 17 April 2012 release of the Chesapeake Bay report card: Welcome to the 2011 Chesapeake Bay report card release. My name is Bill Dennison, and I am with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science or UMCES. For the past six years, a group of scientists associated with a partnership that we formed between UMCES and NOAA called EcoCheck has been producing annual report cards for Chesapeake Bay.

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Great Barrier Reef Foundation workshop participants (left to right): Paul Marshall, Eva Abal, Heath Kelsey, Cath Collier, Britta Schaffelke, Theresa Fyffe, Katharina Fabricius, Jane Thomas, Norm Duke, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Claire Hanratty, Bill Dennison

Assessing the vulnerability of the Great Barrier Reef to climate change

Bill Dennison ·
5 April 2012
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The Great Barrier Reef Foundation is an organization which funds research that protects and preserves the Great Barrier Reef, particularly in the face of climate change. The Foundation convened a workshop to develop a synthetic publication that charts the vision for assessing the vulnerability to climate change. The Great Barrier Reef components used in this assessment of climate impacts included coral reefs, seagrass meadows, mangrove forests and catchment runoff.

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AWERA workshop group in Surfers Paradise, QLD, Australia

Environmental report card workshop in Surfers Paradise, Australia

Bill Dennison ·
3 April 2012
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Sponsored by the Australian Water and Environmental Research Alliance (AWERA), a workshop on environmental report cards was held near Brisbane, Australia. This workshop focused on how environmental report cards have emerged as a technique to integrate data and provide feedback to a wide range of stakeholders as to the ecosystem health of a particular region.

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