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Healthy Rivers for All (Page 1)

Healthy Rivers for All

Brianne Walsh, Alexandra Fries, Simon Costanzo, Heath Kelsey, Bill Dennison ·
7 September 2018

The world’s waters are threatened by a host of problems. Impacts from human activities like development and overuse are exacerbated by changes in climate, and increased competition by different societal interests, putting vulnerable communities and ecosystems at risk. Creating a sustainable balance of water needs for both nature and people is challenging. It will require people that are competing for water resources to work together in new collaborations and partnerships.

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Yucatán State Report Card 2017 (Page 1)

Yucatán State Report Card 2017

Ize I, Guerra A, Zugazagoitia A, Kelsey H, Hawkey J, ·
2 August 2018

The first Yucatán Coast Report Card was released in April 2018, by the Laboratorio Nacional de Resiliencia Costera (LANRESC), in Sisal, Yucatán Mexico. The report card illustrates the unique connections of groundwater to important coastal resources and values through porous rock and a system of underground waterways. The report card scores indicators for biodiversity, habitat, and water resources.

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2017 Chesapeake Bay Report Card (Page 1)

2017 Chesapeake Bay Report Card

Dylan Taillie, Alexandra Fries, Jamie Currie, Bill Dennison, Heath Kelsey, Jason Howard, Emily Nastase ·
15 June 2018

In past report card years, specific regions throughout Chesapeake Bay have shown improving trends, but this is the first year that the overall Chesapeake Bay is showing significant improvement. Overall Chesapeake Bay Health Scores have been variable in the past. However, since 2015, Chesapeake Bay Health Scores have consistently been in the high C range (53, 54, 54). These consecutive high scores have contributed to an overall positive trajectory for the first time.

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How to develop and report on performance measures in the Great Lakes (Page 1)

How to develop and report on performance measures in the Great Lakes

Emily Nastase, Heath Kelsey, Jason Howard ·
14 June 2018

Ecosystem health report cards are being considered by the Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change to evaluate performance measures for, and Ontario's contributions within, the Great Lakes basin community. IAN travelled to Toronto to lead an ecosystem health report card training workshop May 16–17, 2018. This newsletter summarizes the results of that training workshop.

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The Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers: Developing a Report Card (Page 1)

The Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers: Developing a Report Card

Brianne Walsh, Bill Dennison ·
29 May 2018

In 2018, the Integration and Application Network partnered with OARS to initiate a river report card for the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers. This newsletter highlights two stakeholder workshops held at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge on February 28 and March 1, 2018. The initial workshop elicited what stakeholders value about the rivers, and subsequent workshop focused on how to measure those values, and where to find data.

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Fort Monroe National Historical Park Natural Resource Condition Assessment (Page 1)

Fort Monroe National Historical Park Natural Resource Condition Assessment

Lookingbill T, Engelhardt K, Geraghty C, Hatchel N, Kitchen D ·
15 March 2018

Fort Monroe National Monument is located at the tip of the Virginia Peninsula in Hampton, Virginia. The site includes the largest stone fort built in the United States and was formally added to the National Park System in 2011, recognizing millennia of human interactions with this landscape. Natural resources within the 325-acre park boundary include an ecologically diverse and productive saltmarsh cordgrass wetlands within Mill Creek.

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Tennessee River Basin Report Card Methods Document (Page 1)

Tennessee River Basin Report Card Methods Document

Heath Kelsey, Dylan Taillie, Emily Nastase, Bill Dennison, Andrew Elmore ·
9 February 2018

The Tennessee River Basin Report Card was developed as a tool for prioritization and restoration decisions made in the Tennessee River Basin. The report card document is also meant to serve as an outreach tool for use by managers to highlight particular issues of importance when communicating conservation and restoration with the public. This methods document discusses how the report card was developed and how the grades were calculated.

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Data Interpretation and Synthesis Methods Manual (Page 1)

Data Interpretation and Synthesis Methods Manual

Caroline Donovan, Dylan Taillie, Alexandra Fries, Brianne Walsh, Emily Nastase ·
1 February 2018

Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative's Data Interpretation and Synthesis Methods Manual is a step by step comprehensive guide to interpreting and communicating data for beginner and experienced monitoring groups alike. This manual was produced to be used in tandem with a hands on workshop that guides attendees through the process of interpreting their data.

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