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2017 Chesapeake Bay Report Card (Page 1)

2017 Chesapeake Bay Report Card

Dylan Taillie, Alexandra Fries, Jamie Currie, Bill Dennison, Heath Kelsey, Jason Howard, Emily Nastase ·
15 June 2018

In past report card years, specific regions throughout Chesapeake Bay have shown improving trends, but this is the first year that the overall Chesapeake Bay is showing significant improvement. Overall Chesapeake Bay Health Scores have been variable in the past. However, since 2015, Chesapeake Bay Health Scores have consistently been in the high C range (53, 54, 54). These consecutive high scores have contributed to an overall positive trajectory for the first time.

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IAN Report Card 2016 (Page 1)

IAN Report Card 2016

Jamie Testa, Bill Dennison, Alexandra Fries ·
1 February 2018

IAN staff reflected back on accomplishments from 2016 in its 2nd annual report card. The self-assessment is based on indicators in three categories: social impacts, ecological outcomes, and partner engagement. IAN received an overall grade of A- (90%) which is up from 2015's grade of B+ (88%).

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2016 Maryland Coastal Bays Report Card (Page 1)

2016 Maryland Coastal Bays Report Card

Alexandra Fries, Heath Kelsey, Bill Dennison ·
12 December 2017

The aim of this report card is to provide a transparent, timely, and geographically detailed assessment of 2016 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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Boletim de Saúde Ambiental da Baía de Guanabara (Page 1)

Boletim de Saúde Ambiental da Baía de Guanabara

Dave Nemazie, Alexandra Fries, Bill Dennison ·
21 July 2017

Este boletim de saúde ambiental fornece uma avaliação transparente, oportuna, e geograficamente detalhada da saúde da Baía de Guanabara e sua bacia hidrográfica usando dados de monitoramento de 2013-2015. A saúde da Baía de Guanabara e da sua bacia hidrográfica são definidas através da análise de cinco indicadores comparados com limites ou metas cientificamente determinadas.

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Guanabara Bay Report Card (Page 1)

Guanabara Bay Report Card

Dave Nemazie, Alexandra Fries, Bill Dennison ·
21 July 2017

This report card provides a transparent, timely, and geographically detailed assessment of health in Guanabara’s Bay and basin using data from 2013-2015. Guanabara Bay health and Guanabara Bay Basin health are defined as the progress of five water quality indicators toward scientifically-derived thresholds or goals. The indicators are combined into two water quality scores, one score for the Bay, and one for the Basin.

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2016 Chesapeake Bay Report Card (Page 1)

2016 Chesapeake Bay Report Card

Caroline Donovan, Alexandra Fries, Dylan Taillie, Bill Dennison ·
8 May 2017

This report card provides a transparent, timely, and geographically detailed assessment of Chesapeake Bay. In 2016, the report card includes five water quality indicators and two biotic indicators. In 2016, the overall grade for Chesapeake Bay is a 54%, a C. This means the Bay is in moderate health. Long term trends of each reporting region health and a fisheries index are also presented. For further details, visit the Report Card Website.

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2016 Long Island Sound Report Card (Page 1)

2016 Long Island Sound Report Card

Caroline Donovan ·
6 October 2016

Save the Sound along with its partners produced the Long Island Sound report card. Overall, Long Island Sound health is good, but the job's not done. There is an east-west gradient from healthy water in the Eastern Long Island Sound (received a grade of A) to unhealthy water in the Western Narrows (received a grade of F). The report card compares water quality indicators (dissolved oxygen, nutrients, chlorophyll a, and water clarity) to scientifically derived thresholds or goals.

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2015 Maryland Coastal Bays report card (Page 1)

2015 Maryland Coastal Bays report card

Jane Thomas, Bill Dennison ·
8 September 2016

The aim of this report card is to provide a transparent, timely, and geographically detailed assessment of 2015 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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