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2008 Chesapeake Bay Report Card (Page 1)

2008 Chesapeake Bay Report Card

Ben Longstaff, Michael Williams, Caroline Donovan, Emily Nauman, Heath Kelsey ·
2 April 2009

This report card provides a transparent, timely, and geographically detailed annual assessment of 2008 Chesapeake Bay habitat health. This is the third year that the report card has been released. This report card rates 15 reporting regions of the Bay using six indicators that are combined into a single overarching index of habitat health. The overall health of Chesapeake Bay was poor in 2008, obtaining a grade of C-.

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2008 Chester River report card (Page 1)

2008 Chester River report card

Ben Longstaff, Emily Nauman, Caroline Donovan, Michael Williams, Katie Foreman, Bill Dennison ·
26 March 2009

This newsletter describes the second annual Chester River report card. The Chester River Estuary received an overall grade of D and the Chester River creeks received an overall grade of C+. In addition to the grades, the newsletter includes information on increased monitoring, provides a comparison of a healthy and unhealthy Chester River, and suggests actions that citizens can take to improve the health of the Chester River.

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2008 Patuxent River Report Card (Page 1)

2008 Patuxent River Report Card

Ben Longstaff, Michael Williams, Emily Nauman, Caroline Donovan, Bill Dennison ·
25 March 2009

This newsletter is the second annual Patuxent River ecosystem health report card. The report card provides grades for the three tidal regions of the Patuxent River estuary. The grades are based on the frequency that the river is able to meet six ecological targets. The results show the river is generally in poor condition despite a small improvement in the health in 2008 (compared to 2007).

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2007 Patuxent River Report Card (Page 1)

2007 Patuxent River Report Card

Ben Longstaff, Caroline Donovan ·
21 April 2008

This newsletter introduces the first Patuxent River ecosystem health report card. This report card provides grades for three regions within the Patuxent River estuary (i.e., the tidal portion of the river). The report card grades are based on the progress of six indicators towards ecological targets. The report card shows that the Patuxent River estuary is mostly in poor condition and that substantially more effort is needed to see measurable improvements.

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2007 Chester River Report Card (Page 1)

2007 Chester River Report Card

Ben Longstaff, Caroline Donovan ·
10 April 2008

This newsletter introduces the first Chester River ecosystem health report card. This report card summarizes the 2007 water quality of two major parts of the Chester River ecosystem: the estuary (tidal regions) and the creeks (non-tidal) flowing into the estuary. Creek water quality is based on data collected by the Chester River Association and their Chester Tester volunteers. Health of the estuarine regions is based on data collected by the Chesapeake Bay Program partners.

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Chesapeake Bay Health Report Card: 2007 (Page 1)

Chesapeake Bay Health Report Card: 2007

Ben Longstaff, Caroline Donovan ·
3 April 2008

This report card provides a transparent, timely, and geographically detailed annual assessment of 2007 Chesapeake Bay habitat health. This is the second year that the report card has been released. This report card rates 15 reporting regions of the Bay using six indicators that are combined into a single overarching index of habitat health. Habitat health is defined as progress of the six indicators towards established scientifically derived ecological thresholds or goals.

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Chesapeake Bay Habitat Health Report Card: 2006 (Page 1)

Chesapeake Bay Habitat Health Report Card: 2006

Ben Longstaff, Michael Williams, Caroline Donovan, Bill Dennison ·
18 April 2007

This report card provides a transparent, timely, and geographically detailed annual assessment of 2006 Chesapeake Bay habitat health. A report card will be released each year, in early to mid April, providing an assessment of the previous year’s habitat health. 2006 is the first year that the report card has been released. This report card rates 15 reporting regions of the Bay using six indicators that are combined into a single overarching index of habitat health.

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