Projects in collaboration with Chesapeake Bay Trust
Chesapeake Behavior Change Website
The Chesapeake Behavior Change website is an open collection of outreach campaigns focused on changing behaviors or practices of target audiences that reduce their impact on the local environment. When it comes to cleaning up our local waters, communities, and the environment, everyone needs to do their part.
Expansion of a survey tool to measure behavior change and impacts within watersheds
2014-04-01 — 2015-12-31
For over 30 years, citizen science organizations have been a trusted voice and advocate for the health of tributary watersheds to Chesapeake Bay. By engaging citizens in promoting specific Bay friendly actions, these clean water advocates have hoped to improve Bay water quality. However, no comprehensive assessment had been conducted to establish a baseline of current behaviors or measure behavior change.
Deep Creek Lake Report Card
2010-05-15 — 2011-04-30
Deep Creek Lake is currently experiencing a host of environmental problems related to nutrient and sediment input from the surrounding watershed. The nonprofit organization Friends of Deep Creek Lake (FODCL) is collaborating with EcoCheck to design and produce an environmental report card for Deep Creek Lake. This project is especially important to the evolution of environmental assessment, communication, and reporting for aquatic systems in Maryland.
Mid-Atlantic Tributary Assessment Coalition Coordination
2010-01-01 — 2013-12-31
The Mid-Atlantic Tributary Assessment Coalition is a unique and growing group of watershed organizations interested in advancing the use of environmental data from local organizations and citizen scientists for use in report cards and assessments. Using data collected by concerned citizens, IAN has helped to generate multi-year report cards for nine rivers since 2007.
Nanticoke Tributary Report Card
2009-11-01 — 2010-07-30
The first objective of the project is to produce a Nanticoke watershed/river report card in the format that is fast becoming the standard for reporting water quality information to the public. This report card will be used to inform and involve the public as part of the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance's programmatic and mission effort to conserve the resources of this river.
Chesapeake Tributary Report Card Standardization
2009-09-15 — 2012-02-01
This project seeks to establish a framework to coordinate efforts among watershed organizations using or planning to use report cards as outreach tools. This project also seeks to develop clear and consistent guidelines and protocols for the development and implementation of report cards by watershed organizations. Protocols will be developed and training provided for sampling and monitoring methodology, data analysis, and science communication.
Patuxent River Report Card
2009-01-01 — 2009-04-30
This report card provides grades for the three tidal regions of the Patuxent River estuary, located on the Western Shore of Chesapeake Bay. The grades are based on six ecological indicators: dissolved oxygen, water clarity, chlorophyll a, phytoplankton community, benthic community, and aquatic grasses.