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2011 Sassafras River Report Card (Page 1)

2011 Sassafras River Report Card

5 December 2011

The 2011 Sassafras River Report Card describes the health of the Sassafras River in the upper eastern area of the Chesapeake Bay. It evaluates six tidal indicators and six non-tidal indicators. The Lower Estuary scored a B, the Upper Estuary a C, and the Creeks (non-tidal) a C.

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Great Barrier Reef Report Card Summary - 2009 Baseline (Page 1)

Great Barrier Reef Report Card Summary - 2009 Baseline

Bill Dennison, Heath Kelsey, Jane Thomas, Melissa Andreychek ·
12 August 2011

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest and best-known coral reef ecosystem in the world. This first report card provides an estimate of the status of the key indicators for the period preceding 2009. It is based on historical data and trends and takes into account the influence of a variable climate from year to year. This serves as a baseline that will be used as a point of comparison to measure progress towards Reef Plan goals and targets.

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Great Barrier Reef Report Card Regional Summaries - 2009 Baseline (Page 1)

Great Barrier Reef Report Card Regional Summaries - 2009 Baseline

Bill Dennison, Heath Kelsey, Jane Thomas, Melissa Andreychek ·
12 August 2011

This document contains report card summaries for the Cape York, Wet Tropics, Burdekin, Mackay-Whitsunday, Fitzroy, and Burnett-Mary regions. Each section details the region profile, and key findings, as well as summarizing the report card results for land practices, catchment indicators and loads, and the marine parameters; water quality, seagrass, and corals. It also describes positive actions in the regions to improve ecosystem health.

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Great Barrier Reef Technical Report Card - 2009 Baseline (Page 1)

Great Barrier Reef Technical Report Card - 2009 Baseline

Bill Dennison, Heath Kelsey, Jane Thomas, Melissa Andreychek ·
12 August 2011

The Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area is renowned internationally for its ecological importance and beauty. However, despite it being one of the best managed coral reefs in the world there is a very real risk of damage to the reef from climate change. This technical document details all aspects of the report card process. It includes sections on management, methods, and detailed results for all regions.

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2010 Nanticoke River Report Card (Page 1)

2010 Nanticoke River Report Card

15 July 2011

The 2nd 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.

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2010 Chester River Report Card (Page 1)

2010 Chester River Report Card

Heath Kelsey, Caroline Donovan, Sara Powell ·
17 June 2011

This report card summarizes 2010 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.

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2010 Maryland Coastal Bays report card (Page 1)

2010 Maryland Coastal Bays report card

Jane Thomas, Heath Kelsey ·
17 June 2011

The aim of this report card is to provide a transparent, timely, and geographically detailed assessment of 2010 Coastal Bays health. Coastal Bays health is defined as the progress of four water quality indicators (TN, TP, Chl a, DO) and two biotic indicators (seagrass, hard clams) toward scientifically derived ecological thresholds or goals. The six indicators are combined into one overarching Coastal Bays Health Index, which is presented as the report card score.

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Chesapeake Bay Report Card 2010 (Page 1)

Chesapeake Bay Report Card 2010

Bill Dennison, Heath Kelsey, Caroline Donovan, Sara Powell ·
27 April 2011

This report card provides a transparent, timely, and geographically detailed assessment of 2010 Chesapeake Bay health. The overall health of Chesapeake Bay, assessed using water quality and biotic indicators, declined slightly in 2010. The overall grade decreased from a C in 2009 to C- in 2010. Only two reporting regions (James River and York River) had improved grades in 2010, three were unchanged, and nine declined.

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2011 West & Rhode Rivers Report Card (Page 1)

2011 West & Rhode Rivers Report Card

7 April 2011

This is the third annual West & Rhode Rivers report card. It presents data and information on eight different ecological health indicators. In 2010, new analysis methods were used that were developed in collaboration with the Mid-Atlantic Tributary Assessment Coalition (MTAC), but the findings still remain consistent with the past two years.

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2011 South River Scorecard (Page 1)

2011 South River Scorecard

29 March 2011

This newsletter is the 5th annual South River Scorecard. It presents data and information on six water quality indicators, a human health indicator, an enforcement indicator, and two descriptive indicators. The scorecard also includes information on actions that citizens can take to help improve the health of the South River.

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