Practitioner's Guide to Developing River Basin Report Cards

Costanzo S, Blancard C, Davidson S, Dennison W, Escurra J, Freeman S, Fries A, Krchnak K, Sherman J, Thieme M, Vargas-Nguyen V ·
17 September 2017

Developed in partner with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) as part of the Healthy Rivers for All initiative, the Practitioner's Guide to Developing Basin Report cards is a reference and resource for the user– government or non-profit employees, development officials, basin managers, private sector representatives, community organizers, academics, journalists, and any and all interested in the health and future of freshwater resources.


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Using indicators for improved water resources management (Page 1)

Using indicators for improved water resources management

Bertule M, Bjørnsen PK, Costanzo SD, Escurra J, Freeman S, Gallagher L, Kelsey RH and Vollmer D ·
5 September 2017

This guide was developed to help basin managers, decision makers and other water resource management practitioners navigate an increasingly complex ‘jungle of indicators’. It provides scientific, technical and communication guidance on use of indicators for better basin resource planning and management.


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Ecological Drought in the Hawaiian Islands (Page 1)

Ecological Drought in the Hawaiian Islands

Brianne Walsh, Emily Nastase, Simon Costanzo, Bill Dennison ·
5 September 2017

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 Honolulu, Hawai'i as part of a series of meetings at each of the nation’s eight CSCs.


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Guanabara Bay Report Card (Page 1)

Guanabara Bay Report Card

Dave Nemazie, Alexandra Fries, Bill Dennison ·
21 July 2017

This report card provides a transparent, timely, and geographically detailed assessment of health in Guanabara’s Bay and basin using data from 2013-2015. Guanabara Bay health and Guanabara Bay Basin health are defined as the progress of five water quality indicators toward scientifically-derived thresholds or goals. The indicators are combined into two water quality scores, one score for the Bay, and one for the Basin.


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Boletim de Saúde Ambiental da Baía de Guanabara (Page 1)

Boletim de Saúde Ambiental da Baía de Guanabara

Dave Nemazie, Alexandra Fries, Bill Dennison ·
21 July 2017

Este boletim de saúde ambiental fornece uma avaliação transparente, oportuna, e geograficamente detalhada da saúde da Baía de Guanabara e sua bacia hidrográfica usando dados de monitoramento de 2013-2015. A saúde da Baía de Guanabara e da sua bacia hidrográfica são definidas através da análise de cinco indicadores comparados com limites ou metas cientificamente determinadas.


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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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