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Developing a Report Card for the Verde River Watershed (Page 1)

Verde River Watershed Report Card 2nd Newsletter

Apr. 4–5, 2019 Second stakeholder workshop summary

Andrew Elmore, Emily Nastase, Alexandra Fries, Heath Kelsey ·
17 May 2019

This newsletter summarizes outputs from the second stakeholder workshop to develop the Verde River Watershed Report Card. The objectives of the workshop were to: i) develop indicators, ii) discuss scoring approaches, and iii) establish narrative appropriate for the report card. Indicators for the report card center around three main themes: Water, Habitat, and Communities—all necessary components to determine the health of the Verde watershed.

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2012-2017 Everglades Report Card (Page 1)

2012-2017 Everglades Report Card

Alexandra Fries, Emily Nastase, Bill Nuttle, Caroline Donovan, Heath Kelsey ·
23 April 2019

This is the first Everglades report card. It is a RECOVER product that provides a transparent, timely, and geographically detailed assessment of health of the Florida Everglades using data from May 1, 2012 – April 30, 2017. The Everglades Report Card, a complement to the 2019 System Status Report, assesses and synthesizes ecological data to evaluate overall ecosystem condition using performance-driven metrics compared against a goal or ecologically-relevant threshold.

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Bhitarkanika Conservation Area Report Card Workshop Newsletter (Page 1)

Bhitarkanika Conservation Area Report Card Workshop Newsletter

February 6–7, 2019 Stakeholder workshop summary

Katie May Laumann, Emily Nastase, Simon Costanzo, Kiri Carini ·
12 April 2019

This newsletter summarizes outputs from the initial stakeholder workshop to develop the Bhitarkanika Conservation Area Report Card. The workshop took place between 6–7 February in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India. More than 40 diverse stakeholders came together at this workshop to define the scope of the Bhitarkanika Conservation Area Report Card, create a shared vision for the future of Bhitarkanika, and discuss indicators, thresholds, and data sources for the report card.

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A Generalized Additive Model approach to evaluating water quality: Chesapeake Bay case study (Page 1)

A Generalized Additive Model approach to evaluating water quality: Chesapeake Bay case study

Murphy RR, Perry E, Harcum J, and Keisman J ·
2019

Nutrient reduction efforts have been undertaken in recent decades to mitigate the impacts of eutrophication in coastal and estuarine systems worldwide. To track progress in response to one of these efforts we use Generalized Additive Models (GAMs) to evaluate a diverse suite of water quality constituents over a 32-year period in the Chesapeake Bay, an estuary on the east coast of the United States.

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Chesapeake Bay SAV Watchers - Guide to the Introductory Monitoring Program (Tier 1) (Page 1)

Chesapeake Bay SAV Watchers

Guide to the Introductory Monitoring Program (Tier 1)

Suzanne Webster, Bill Dennison ·
31 March 2019

This guide includes detailed instructions for volunteers who are using the Water Reporter platform to collect and submit data for the Chesapeake Bay SAV Watchers Introductory Monitoring Program.

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Chesapeake Bay SAV Watchers - Pocket Field Guide (Online viewing version) (Page 1)

Chesapeake Bay SAV Watchers - Pocket Field Guide (Online viewing version)

Katie May Laumann, Suzanne Webster, Dylan Taillie, Sky Swanson ·
31 March 2019

A pocket-sized SAV species identification guide that also includes a field packing list, protocol reminders, and reference photos of other macrophytes. For use in the field by volunteers participating in the Chesapeake Bay SAV Watchers Introductory and Advanced Monitoring Programs. This version is designed to be viewed on a phone or computer screen.

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