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Upper Mississippi River Conference 2016 Action Agenda (Page 1)

Upper Mississippi River Conference 2016 Action Agenda

Heath Kelsey, Jane Thomas ·
21 December 2016

On Oct. 13–14, 2016, River Action, in association with the Upper Mississippi River Basin Association, hosted the ninth annual Upper Mississippi River Conference, entitled “Raise the Grade,” in Moline, Illinois. The conference brought together over 200 participants from 95 organizations to develop solutions to overcome the many challenges identified in the 2015 America’s Watershed Initiative (AWI) Report Card for the Mississippi River watershed.

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Ecological drought in the South Central United States (Page 1)

Ecological drought in the South Central United States

Brianne Walsh, Simon Costanzo, Bill Dennison ·
2 November 2016

The Department of the Interior Climate Science Centers (CSCs) and their managing organization, the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center at the U.S. Geological Survey, have chosen the emerging climate science field of Ecological Drought as a research focus area. This newsletter highlights the outcomes of a two-day workshop held in Norman, Oklahoma, as part of a series of meetings at each of the nation’s eight CSCs.

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Costa del Estado de Yucatán (Page 1)

Costa del Estado de Yucatán

Heath Kelsey, Jane Hawkey ·
23 October 2016

La costa de Yucatán, en el NE de México, que limita con el Golfo de México, apoya una alta biodiversidad de plantas y animales, así como importantes actividades pesqueras y de turismo. Sin embargo, el rápido crecimiento de la región en términos de desarrollo costero está poniendo una inmensa presión sobre estos recursos naturales.

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Yucatan State Coast (Page 1)

Yucatan State Coast

Heath Kelsey, Jane Hawkey ·
23 October 2016

The Yucatan coast of NE Mexico that borders the Gulf of Mexico supports a high biodiversity of plants and animals, as well as important fisheries and tourism activities. However, the region's rapid growth in terms of coastal development is putting immense pressure on these natural resources.

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2016 Long Island Sound Report Card (Page 1)

2016 Long Island Sound Report Card

Caroline Donovan ·
6 October 2016

Save the Sound along with its partners produced the Long Island Sound report card. Overall, Long Island Sound health is good, but the job's not done. There is an east-west gradient from healthy water in the Eastern Long Island Sound (received a grade of A) to unhealthy water in the Western Narrows (received a grade of F). The report card compares water quality indicators (dissolved oxygen, nutrients, chlorophyll a, and water clarity) to scientifically derived thresholds or goals.

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An improved method for interpretation of riverine concentration-discharge relationships indicates long-term shifts in reservoir sediment trapping (Page 1)

An improved method for interpretation of riverine concentration-discharge relationships indicates long-term shifts in reservoir sediment trapping

Zhang Q, Harman CJ, and Ball WP ·
2016

Derived from river monitoring data, concentration-discharge (C-Q) relationships are powerful indicators of export dynamics. Proper interpretation of such relationships can be made complex, however, if the ln(C)-ln(Q) relationships are nonlinear or if the relationships change over time, season, or discharge. Methods of addressing these issues by “binning” data can introduce artifacts that obscure underlying interactions among time, discharge, and season.

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Ecological Drought in the Northeast United States (Page 1)

Ecological Drought in the Northeast United States

Brianne Walsh, Simon Costanzo, Bill Dennison ·
28 September 2016

The Department of the Interior Climate Science Centers (CSCs) and their managing organization, the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center at the U.S. Geological Survey, have chosen the emerging climate science field of Ecological Drought as a research focus area. This newsletter highlights the outcomes of a two-day workshop held in Amherst, Massachusetts, as part of a series of meetings at each of the nation’s eight CSCs.

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2015 Maryland Coastal Bays report card (Page 1)

2015 Maryland Coastal Bays report card

Jane Thomas, Bill Dennison ·
8 September 2016

The aim of this report card is to provide a transparent, timely, and geographically detailed assessment of 2015 Coastal Bays health. Coastal Bays health is defined as the progress of four water quality indicators (total nitrogen, total phosphorus, chlorophyll a, dissolved oxygen) and two biotic indicators (seagrass, hard clams) toward scientifically derived ecological thresholds or goals.

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