IAN is committed to producing practical, user-centered communications that foster a better understanding of science and enable readers to pursue new opportunities in research, education, and environmental problem-solving. Our publications synthesize scientific findings using effective science communication techniques.

Healthy Harbor Report Card (Page 1)

Healthy Harbor Report Card

Caroline Donovan, Alexandra Fries, Heath Kelsey ·
4 October 2012

This report card was developed to help lead private citizens, government, and businesses toward a healthy Baltimore Harbor, which is swimmable and fishable by 2020. The Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore, and Blue Water Baltimore, published this Healthy Harbor Report Card to help work toward clean, safe, and accessible streams and Harbor for everyone.

Read more

A vision for America's Great Watershed Report Card

Heath Kelsey, Caroline Donovan, Brianne Walsh, Jonathan Kellogg, Bill Dennison, Alexandra Fries ·
27 September 2012

Report cards can be part of a tiered approach to communicating results with varying technical detail. Our vision for this report card framework is based on goals identified in America’s Great Watershed Initiative and derived from principles of Integrated River Basin Management. The framework includes balanced information from Social, Economic, and Environmental sectors, and is intended to be transparent and clear.

Read more

2011 Nanticoke River Report Card (Page 1)

2011 Nanticoke River Report Card

30 July 2012

The 3rd annual Nanticoke River report card scores five indicators, using data collected by state agencies and Nanticoke Creekwatchers volunteers. It summarizes ecosystem health of both the tidal river and non-tidal creek areas within the Nanticoke watershed, as well as the Fishing Bay watershed. The report card also provides information to help local residents make healthier choices for the Nanticoke.

Read more

Samoa 2012 Environmental Outlook: developing a vision for the next 50 years (Page 1)

Samoa 2012 Environmental Outlook: developing a vision for the next 50 years

Tracey Saxby, Heath Kelsey, Adrian Jones, Tim Carruthers ·
13 June 2012

This document is the initial stage of assessment for Samoa's State of the Environment. Samoa's rich cultural heritage and future prosperity depends on a healthy environment. Over the past 50 years, Samoa's environment has been pressured by increasing population and development, agricultural expansion, invasive species of plants and animals, and disasters such as tsunamis, cyclones, and fires.

Read more

Samoa 2012 Environmental Outlook: developing a vision for the next 50 years (Samoan) (Page 1)

Samoa 2012 Environmental Outlook: developing a vision for the next 50 years (Samoan)

Tracey Saxby, Heath Kelsey, Adrian Jones, Tim Carruthers ·
13 June 2012

This document is the initial stage of assessment for Samoa's State of the Environment. Samoa's rich cultural heritage and future prosperity depends on a healthy environment. Over the past 50 years, Samoa's environment has been pressured by increasing population and development, agricultural expansion, invasive species of plants and animals, and disasters such as tsunamis, cyclones, and fires.

Read more

2011 Chester River Report Card (Page 1)

2011 Chester River Report Card

22 April 2012

This report card summarizes 2011 water quality in the Chester River, based on data collected by the Chester River Association and various partners. It examines the health of the river in both tidal and non-tidal regions, and provides information on what concerned stakeholders can do to help improve water quality.

Read more

2011 Chesapeake Bay Report Card (Page 1)

2011 Chesapeake Bay Report Card

Bill Dennison, Caroline Donovan, Jonathan Kellogg, Alexandra Fries ·
17 April 2012

This report card provides a transparent, timely, and geographically detailed assessment of Chesapeake Bay. The overall health of Chesapeake Bay, determined using water quality and biotic indicators, declined slightly in 2011. The overall grade of D+ was a decrease for the second year in a row, down from a C- in 2010. Only two reporting regions, the Patapsco and Back Rivers, and the Lower Western Shore (MD), had improved grades in 2011.

Read more

State of the Anacostia River - 2011 (Page 1)

State of the Anacostia River - 2011

11 April 2012

This is the second annual Anacostia River Report Card. It scores four water quality indicators (dissolved oxygen, fecal bacteria, water clarity, and chlorophyll a), one biotic indicator (submerged aquatic vegetation) and policy efforts, and discusses issues specific to the Anacostia. The report card also includes information on actions that citizens can take to help improve the health of the Anacostia River.

Read more

2011 Magothy River Index (Page 1)

2011 Magothy River Index

15 February 2012

This report card is an assessment of the aquatic health of the Magothy River, and is based on data collected by the Magothy River Association and various partners. It reports the status of vital habitats and water quality in the Magothy during 2010 based on three different indicators.

Read more

Baltimore Harbor's Ecological and Human Health: 2010

Caroline Donovan, Heath Kelsey, Sara Powell ·
14 December 2011

To help lead private citizens, government, and businesses toward a healthy Baltimore Harbor, the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore needed to know the current health of the Harbor and its watershed. Using six ecological indicators and three human indicators, the current health of Baltimore's Harbor was established. This newsletter provides the overall results of the full report.

Read more