Blog posts categorized by Environmental Report Cards
Our lectures were based on content in our newly-published Practitioner's Guide.

Reflections on teaching a global course on developing environmental report cards

Bill Dennison ·
9 February 2018
Environmental Report Cards | Science Communication |     3 comments

We recently completed our course entitled: "Healthy Rivers for All: Setting the course for sustainability with river basin health report cards". The course was co-taught by Heath Kelsey, Simon Costanzo and me, supported by Suzi Spitzer, our excellent teaching assistant. We used our recently completed book, "Practitioner's Guide to Developing River Basin Health Report Cards," as the textbook. Our lectures were based on content in our newly-published Practitioner's Guide.

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Cover of the 2016 Coastal Bays Report Card.

Maryland Coastal Bays Report Card 2016

Bill Dennison ·
12 January 2018
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The 2016 report card for the Maryland Coastal Bays was released on December 16th, 2017, at the Ocean City Marlin Club. The report card release was combined with the annual Gold Star Awards banquet. This event was scheduled a little later than usual due to some data processing holdups. In addition, aerial surveys of seagrasses could not be conducted in the summer of 2016 due to bad weather conditions.

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Our presentation team sharing a meal before our session.

Sharing tools for stakeholder engagement and collaboration at the Chesapeake Watershed Forum

Suzanne Webster ·
4 December 2017
Environmental Literacy | Environmental Report Cards | Science Communication | Applying Science | 

Last month, several IAN staff members traveled to the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, to attend the Chesapeake Watershed Forum. The Forum is an annual regional conference hosted by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. This year IAN was represented by Caroline, Emily, Dylan, Vanessa, and Suzi. The 2017 conference theme was Healthy Lands, Healthy Waters, Healthy People.

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My perceptions about where innovations in report cards are heading in Australia and the US. The foundations of these report cards are similar, but influences have caused the two groups to go in slightly different directions. Both appear to be very valuable. Image credit Heath Kelsey

Evolution of the Report Cards in Brisbane: Part Two

Heath Kelsey ·
20 October 2017
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My perceptions about where innovations in report cards are heading in Australia and the US. The foundations of these report cards are similar, but influences have caused the two groups to go in slightly different directions. Both appear to be very valuable. Image credit Heath Kelsey … The report cards developed from each group have common characteristics, but focus on different strengths.

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Riversymposium logo. Image credit here

Evolution of The Report Cards in Brisbane: Part One

Heath Kelsey ·
18 October 2017
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Bill Dennison, Simon Costanzo and I made our annual pilgrimage to Riversymposium in September 2017 for the 20th anniversary of the event. This year the conference was back in Brisbane, Australia (it was held in Delhi in 2016). This is one of my favorite conferences, maybe because the City of Brisbane has become so comfortable for me, but I think it’s really the quality of the content, the clear focus on practices that create real impact, and the wonderful people I get to meet.

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Darwin Harbour. Image credit here

Developing a vision for an integrated Darwin Harbour report card

Bill Dennison ·
29 September 2017
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I traveled to Darwin, the Capital city of the Northern Territory of Australia, in order to work with the Darwin Harbour Advisory Committee on developing a vision for an integrated report card for Darwin Harbour. Karen Gibb, Charles Darwin University professor and chair of the Darwin Harbour Advisory Committee, hosted my visit.

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View over Shark River Slough from Pay-hay-okee overlook. Image credit Alexandra Fries

Exploring an Ecosystem in Transition: On the Road to Flamingo II

Bill Nuttle ·
12 September 2017
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View over Shark River Slough from Pay-hay-okee overlook. Image credit Alexandra Fries … We saw possible signs of the Everglades’ response to accelerated sea level rise at our next stop, the Pay-hay-okee overlook. Beyond Taylor Slough the road continues west through rocky pineland upland habitat before heading south through freshwater marl prairie. The overlook is built on the edge of Shark River Slough, the park’s other, larger flow way.

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The IAN team at the C111 Canal - Alex Fries, Emily Nastase, and Bill Nuttle. Image credit Alexandra Fries

Exploring an Ecosystem in Transition: The Road to Flamingo

Bill Nuttle ·
8 September 2017
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The IAN team at the C111 Canal - Alex Fries, Emily Nastase, and Bill Nuttle. Image credit Alexandra Fries … The Florida Everglades is an ecosystem in transition, but is it transitioning toward a condition that people find desirable? This is a question that the Everglades report card may be able to answer. Currently, the Integration and Application Network is working with water managers and ecologists to incorporate an environmental report card into the Everglades 2019 System Status Report.

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Four regions of the Florida Everglades

Sunshine, Scientists, and the Everglades Southern Coastal Systems

Emily Nastase ·
29 August 2017
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On August 2nd, 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the IAN team hosted the first of three Everglades regional workshops in order to develop the Everglades Report Card and 2019 System Status Report. This workshop laid the groundwork for grading the Southern Coastal Systems region of the Everglades, which encompasses Florida Bay, Biscayne Bay, and most of the south Florida coastline. This region in particular is highly impacted by changes in the hydrology of the system.

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The Chattanooga Choo Choo. Image credit Bill Dennison

Talking about the Tennessee River in Chattanooga: Part 2

Bill Dennison ·
24 August 2017
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After the afternoon talks ended at the aquarium and before drinks and dinner began, the Tennessee River Basin Network (TRBN) and UMCES held a short session on the Tennessee River report card. We were happy with the high attendance at our session and the progress we made during it. I started the session off with a spoken version of a song, adapted from the Chattanooga Choo Choo swing band song from 1941. The lyrics are as follows: The Chattanooga Choo Choo.

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