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2017 Maryland Coastal Bays Report Card (Page 1)

2017 Coastal Bays Report Card

Alexandra Fries, Emily Nastase ·
20 September 2018

The aim of this report card is to provide a transparent, timely, and geographically detailed assessment of 2017 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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Transforming our coastal futures through partnerships to foster sustainability (Page 1)

Transforming our coastal futures through partnerships to foster sustainability

Bill Dennison, Heath Kelsey, Emily Nastase, Brianne Walsh ·
18 September 2018

This newsletter summarizes the Looking for a Future in Assessment Workshop, held in University College Cork, 27th to 29th March 2018, brought together Regional Seas stakeholders, assessment organizations, and UN and other international bodies. Participants identified a strategic opportunity to work more closely together to chart desired coastal futures.

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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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Towards a framework to support coastal change governance in small islands (Page 1)

Towards a framework to support coastal change governance in small islands

Glaser M, Breckwoldt A, Carruthers T, Forbes DL, Costanzo S, Kelsey RH, Ramachandran R, and Stead S ·

Small islands can guide visualization of the diverse information requirements of future context-relevant coastal governance. On small marine islands (<20 000 km2), negative effects of coastal challenges (e.g., related to population growth, unsustainable resource use or climate change) can develop rapidly, with high intensity and extreme impacts.

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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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Chesapeake Bay's water quality condition has been recovering: Insights from a multimetric indicator assessment of thirty years of tidal monitoring data

Zhang Q, Murphy RR, Tian R, Forsyth MK, Trentacoste EM, Keisman J, and Tango PJ ·

To protect the aquatic living resources of Chesapeake Bay, the Chesapeake Bay Program partnership has developed guidance for state water quality standards, which include ambient water quality criteria to protect designated uses (DUs), and associated assessment procedures for dissolved oxygen (DO), water clarity/underwater bay grasses, and chlorophyll-a. For measuring progress toward meeting the respective states' water quality standards…

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