Publications by Caroline Donovan

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America's Watershed Initiative Mississippi River Watershed Report Card

Bill Dennison, Caroline Donovan, Heath Kelsey, Bill Nuttle, Jane Thomas, Brianne Walsh ·
1 October 2014

The Mississippi River watershed is a globally important resource, providing water resources for people, industries, and ecosystems, food and energy production, and transportation of important agricultural and industrial commodities. Management of the watershed for these potentially conflicting uses and services is challenging, as the watershed spans parts of 31 states and 2 Canadian provinces.

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Mississippi River Report Card whole watershed report card workshop newsletter (Page 1)

Mississippi River Report Card whole watershed report card workshop newsletter

Suzanne Webster, Brianne Walsh, Caroline Donovan, Bill Dennison, Heath Kelsey, Bill Nuttle, Jane Thomas ·
24 September 2014

The America's Watershed Initiative concluded the series of workshops in the five basins with a meeting in Arlington, Virginia to discuss the integration of basin results into the overall watershed results. The meeting also addressed issues that are applicable at the scale of the entire watershed, but that were not evident from the basin workshops. This meeting built on the results of the workshops held in each of the basins in the watershed over the previous year.

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Missouri River Basin report card workshop newsletter (Page 1)

Missouri River Basin report card workshop newsletter

Nicole Lehmer, Brianne Walsh, Jane Thomas, Caroline Donovan, Heath Kelsey, Bill Dennison, Bill Nuttle ·
24 September 2014

The America's Watershed Initiative Report Card project continued with regional workshops for the Missouri River Basin, held in Rapid City, South Dakota, May 22–23, 2014 and in Kansas City, Missouri, August 26, 2014. At the workshop, stakeholders and experts from social, economic, and environmental sectors identified easily understood and transparent ways to measure status and trends for the Missouri River Basin in relation to six broad goals.

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Arkansas River and Red River Basins report card workshop newsletter (Page 1)

Arkansas River and Red River Basins report card workshop newsletter

Bill Dennison, Heath Kelsey, Jane Thomas, Caroline Donovan, Bill Nuttle ·
14 July 2014

The America's Watershed Initiative Report Card project continued with a regional workshop for the Arkansas River and Red River Basins, held in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on May 14–15, 2014. At the workshop, stakeholders and experts from social, economic, and environmental sectors identified easily understood and transparent ways to measure status and trends for the Arkansas River and Red River Basins in relation to six broad goals.

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Baltimore's Annual Healthy Harbor Report Card: 2013

Caroline Donovan, Alexandra Fries, Heath Kelsey, Bill Dennison ·
28 May 2014

In 2013, Baltimore's streams, river and Harbor scored between 51% and 57%. While this is a failing score, it is an improvement over the 2012 scores, which ranged from 40% to 42%. These modest improvements show that we are headed in the right direction, but there is still a lot of work to be done. Without significant infrastructure repair and environment restoration, areas dominated by urban and suburban development will continue to have poor water quality.

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2013 Chesapeake Bay Report Card (Page 1)

2013 Chesapeake Bay Report Card

Caroline Donovan, Bill Dennison, Alexandra Fries, Tracey Saxby, Heath Kelsey ·
23 May 2014

This report card provides a transparent, timely, and geographically detailed assessment of Chesapeake Bay. In 2013, the report card includes five water quality indicators and two biotic indicators. In 2013, the overall grade for Chesapeake Bay is a 45%, a C. This means the Bay is in moderate health. Fisheries indicators as well as trajectories of reporting region health are also presented. For further details, visit the Report Card website.

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Lower Mississippi River Basin report card workshop newsletter (Page 1)

Lower Mississippi River Basin report card workshop newsletter

Bill Dennison, Heath Kelsey, Jane Thomas, Caroline Donovan, Brianne Walsh, Bill Nuttle ·
21 May 2014

The America's Watershed Initiative Report Card project continued with a regional workshop for the Lower Mississippi River Basin, held in Memphis, Tennessee, on March 25-26, 2014. At the workshop, stakeholders and experts from social, economic, and environmental sectors identified easily understood and transparent ways to measure status and trends for the Lower Mississippi River Basin in relation to six broad goals.

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Ohio River Basin report card workshop newsletter (Page 1)

Ohio River Basin report card workshop newsletter

Bill Dennison, Heath Kelsey, Jane Thomas, Caroline Donovan, Brianne Walsh, Bill Nuttle ·
4 February 2014

The America's Watershed Initiative Report Card project continued with a regional workshop for the Ohio River Basin, held near Cincinnati, Ohio, on December 12–13, 2013. At the workshop, stakeholders and experts from social, economic, and environmental sectors identified easily understood and transparent ways to measure status and trends for the Ohio River Basin in relation to six broad goals.

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Upper Mississippi River Sub-Basin report card workshop newsletter (Page 1)

Upper Mississippi River Sub-Basin report card workshop newsletter

Bill Dennison, Heath Kelsey, Caroline Donovan, Tracey Saxby, Jane Thomas, Bill Nuttle ·
22 November 2013

The America's Watershed Initiative Report Card project began with a regional workshop for the Upper Mississippi River Sub-Basin, held in Moline, Illinois on September 11–12, 2013. At the workshop, stakeholders and experts from social, economic, and environmental sectors identified easily understood and transparent ways to measure status and trends for the Upper Mississippi River Sub-Basin in relation to six broad goals.

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