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Midshore Rivers Report Card 2014 (Page 1)

Midshore Rivers Report Card 2014

1 April 2015

This is the fourth annual Midshore Rivers report card. It presents data and information on four different ecological health indicators. It also gives examples of what the public can do to improve health of the rivers.

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State of the South Atlantic 2015 (Page 1)

State of the South Atlantic 2015

Jane Hawkey, Caroline Donovan, Nicole Lehmer, Heath Kelsey ·
2 March 2015

The South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (South Atlantic LCC) is a partnership of federal, state, and private organizations dedicated to conserving a landscape capable of sustaining the nation’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. The primary objective of this project was to develop a short synthesis report assessing 11 habitats, using a variety of ecological indicators.

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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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2013 Maryland Coastal Bays report card (Page 1)

2013 Maryland Coastal Bays report card

Jane Thomas, Bill Dennison ·
18 August 2014

The aim of this report card is to provide a transparent, timely, and geographically detailed assessment of 2013 Coastal Bays health. Coastal Bays health is defined as the progress of four water quality indicators (total nitrogen, total phosphorus, chlorophyll a, dissolved oxygen) and two biotic indicators (seagrass, hard clams) toward scientifically derived ecological thresholds or 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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2013 Mills Creek Report Card (Page 1)

2013 Mills Creek Report Card

20 March 2014

Mills Creek is a small tributary to Sandusky Bay on the south-central shore of Lake Erie. The Mills Creek watershed is largely developed by a combination of urban and agricultural land uses. Mills Creek is also part of a Karst geological region, which is characterized by a series of sinkholes and underground rivers flowing through cracks and cavities in the limestone bedrock.

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2013 Old Woman Creek Report Card (Page 1)

2013 Old Woman Creek Report Card

20 March 2014

Old Woman Creek, on the south-central shore of Lake Erie, is one of Ohio’s few remaining examples of a natural estuary and is designated as a National Estuarine Research Reserve and a Ohio State Nature Preserve. It is the only Great Lakes freshwater estuary in the National Estuarine Research Reserve System and is managed cooperatively by NOAA and the ODNR.

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2013 Pipe Creek Report Card (Page 1)

2013 Pipe Creek Report Card

20 March 2014

Pipe Creek is a small tributary to Sandusky Bay on the south-central shore of Lake Erie. The Pipe Creek watershed is largely developed by a combination of urban and agricultural land uses. Pipe Creek is best known for its 97 acre State Wildlife Area located at the mouth of Pipe Creek, which was constructed in the early 1990s as a mitigation site for wetlands destroyed by development elsewhere.

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