Publications by Caroline Donovan

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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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2015 Chesapeake Bay Report Card (Page 1)

2015 Chesapeake Bay Report Card

Caroline Donovan, Alexandra Fries, Bill Dennison ·
17 May 2016

This report card provides a transparent, timely, and geographically detailed assessment of Chesapeake Bay. In 2015, the report card includes five water quality indicators and two biotic indicators. In 2015, the overall grade for Chesapeake Bay is a 53%, 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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America's Watershed Initiative Report Card for the Mississippi River

Methods document

Bill Dennison, Heath Kelsey, Bill Nuttle, Jane Thomas, Brianne Walsh, Caroline Donovan ·
4 December 2015

This companion document to the report card contains information about data sources for all indicators, summary of analysis methods, and scoring details for each of the six America’s Watershed Initiative goals, and for two watershed wide indicators. Additional information regarding the goals is included to provide greater detail and discussion than is possible in the report card document.

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Coastal Georgia Ecosystem Report Card (Page 1)

Coastal Georgia Ecosystem Report Card

Alexandra Fries, Caroline Donovan, Heath Kelsey ·
13 November 2015

The Coastal Georgia Ecosystem Report Card was developed through a collaborative effort between the staff at Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Coastal Resources Division, Environmental Protection Division, Wildlife Resources Division and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Integration & Application Network. This report card provides a transparent, timely, and geographically detailed assessment of Coastal Georgia.

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Mississippi River Watershed Report Card (Page 1)

Mississippi River Watershed Report Card

Bill Dennison, Jane Thomas, Caroline Donovan, Jane Hawkey, Heath Kelsey, Bill Nuttle, Brianne Walsh ·
14 October 2015

The Report Card measured six broad goals for America's Watershed - Ecosystems, Flood Control & Risk Reduction, Transportation, Water Supply, Economy, and Recreation. The Report Card Measures how well we are currently meeting each one of these goals, using real data and relevant information that was identified by experts in these fields. Over time, as we adapt our management strategies for the Mississippi River Watershed, the Report Card can track progress in achieving objectives.

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2014 Chesapeake Bay Report Card (Page 1)

2014 Chesapeake Bay Report Card

Caroline Donovan, Bill Dennison, Alexandra Fries ·
8 September 2015

This report card provides a transparent, timely, and geographically detailed assessment of Chesapeake Bay. In 2014, the report card includes five water quality indicators and two biotic indicators. In 2014, the overall grade for Chesapeake Bay is a 50%, a C. This means the Bay is in moderate health. A fisheries index and climate change resilience index as well as trajectories of reporting region health are also presented. For further details, visit the Report Card website.

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