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Assessing bacterial levels in Charleston Harbor (Page 1)

Assessing bacterial levels in Charleston Harbor

Heath Kelsey, Emily Nastase ·
16 June 2017

This newsletter describes the collaborative project between the University of South Carolina, the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, and the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association to assess levels of bacteria in recreational waterways in Charleston Harbor. The goal of this project is to better inform the public on safety risks in various recreational waterways due to bacteria levels.

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Assessing bacterial levels in Charleston Harbor (Page 1)

Assessing bacterial levels in Charleston Harbor

Heath Kelsey, Emily Nastase ·
16 June 2017

This newsletter describes the collaborative project between the University of South Carolina, the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, and the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association to assess levels of bacteria in recreational waterways in Charleston Harbor. The goal of this project is to better inform the public on safety risks in various recreational waterways due to bacteria levels.

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2016 Chesapeake Bay Report Card (Page 1)

2016 Chesapeake Bay Report Card

Caroline Donovan, Alexandra Fries, Dylan Taillie, Bill Dennison ·
8 May 2017

This report card provides a transparent, timely, and geographically detailed assessment of Chesapeake Bay. In 2016, the report card includes five water quality indicators and two biotic indicators. In 2016, the overall grade for Chesapeake Bay is a 54%, a C. This means the Bay is in moderate health. Long term trends of each reporting region health and a fisheries index are also presented. For further details, visit the Report Card Website.

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Exploring Everglades ecosystem health (Page 1)

Exploring Everglades ecosystem health

Alexandra Fries, Bill Nuttle, Caroline Donovan, Emily Nastase, Heath Kelsey ·
5 May 2017

This newsletter describes the results from the first workshop to develop the Everglades Report Card and provides a roadmap for the future of this project. Members of the RECOVER (REstoration COordination VERification) team met with the Integration and Application Network to begin work on the Everglades Report Card and 2019 System Status Report. This workshop, held in West Palm Beach, Florida, took a system-wide view and is the first of four workshops to create these two documents.

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Tidal water quality indicator factsheets (Page 1)

Tidal water quality indicator factsheets

Caroline Donovan, Suzanne Webster, Alexandra Fries ·
18 April 2017

The Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative (CMC), as part of the Indicator Effectiveness Matrix objective, produced 12 factsheets describing 14 tidal water quality indicators. These indicators are part of the CMC's tidal water quality Quality Assurance Project Plan and Method Manuals. The factsheets are intended for nontraditional and volunteer monitoring groups to include as part of their water quality monitoring programs as education materials for their volunteers.

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Researchers and stakeholders address coastal vulnerability and freshwater security (Page 1)

Researchers and stakeholders address coastal vulnerability and freshwater security

Bill Dennison, Heath Kelsey, Vanessa Vargas-Nguyen, Emily Nastase, Jamie Currie ·
3 April 2017

The Belmont Forum is a consortium of research funders that have targeted funds toward research that actively integrates stakeholders into a co-design/co-development process with researchers. It is committed to fostering solutions to global sustainability challenges through innovative transdisciplinary research.

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“This is your shield… this is your estuary” Building community and coastal resilience to a changing Louisiana coastline through restoration of key ecosystem functions (Page 1)

“This is your shield… this is your estuary” Building community and coastal resilience to a changing Louisiana coastline through restoration of key ecosystem functions

Carruthers TJB, Hemmerling SA, Barra M, Saxby TA, Moss L ·
30 March 2017

The coastal communities of Louisiana are highly vulnerable to coastal change, and the potential benefits of protecting, restoring, and enhancing intact ecosystems are particularly important. However, there is a current lack of synthesized information on potential benefits of ecosystem-based restoration options at a parish, basin, or coastwide scale.

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Report cards and system dynamics modelling (Page 1)

Report cards and system dynamics modelling

Simon Costanzo, Bill Dennison, Alexandra Fries, Heath Kelsey, Dave Nemazie, Vanessa Vargas-Nguyen, Emily Nastase ·
23 March 2017

This newsletter summarizes the outcomes of a workshop exploring the linkages and potential benefits of combining river basin health report cards and system dynamics modelling. These two approaches have traditionally been utilized separate from each other, however merging the two will lead to better management of the world's river basins.

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Building community and coastal resilience to a changing Louisiana coastline through restoration of key ecosystem functions (Page 1)

Building community and coastal resilience to a changing Louisiana coastline through restoration of key ecosystem functions

Carruthers TJB, Hemmerling SA, Barra M, Saxby TA, Moss L ·
1 March 2017

The coastal communities of Louisiana are highly vulnerable to coastal change, yet the population has remained steady in the midst of highly dynamic environmental, social, and economic conditions. Adaptations in the form of social networks, mobility, and ingenuity have enabled Louisiana’s coastal communities to remain viable, although changed over time. Much of Louisiana’s coastal zone is outside of the current system of hard infrastructure (primarily levee) protection.

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