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Using indicators for improved water resources management (Page 1)

Using indicators for improved water resources management

Bertule M, Bjørnsen PK, Costanzo SD, Escurra J, Freeman S, Gallagher L, Kelsey RH and Vollmer D ·
5 September 2017

This guide was developed to help basin managers, decision makers and other water resource management practitioners navigate an increasingly complex ‘jungle of indicators’. It provides scientific, technical and communication guidance on use of indicators for better basin resource planning and management.

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“This is your shield… this is your estuary” Building community and coastal resilience to a changing Louisiana coastline through restoration of key ecosystem functions (Page 1)

“This is your shield… this is your estuary” Building community and coastal resilience to a changing Louisiana coastline through restoration of key ecosystem functions

Carruthers TJB, Hemmerling SA, Barra M, Saxby TA, Moss L ·
30 March 2017

The coastal communities of Louisiana are highly vulnerable to coastal change, and the potential benefits of protecting, restoring, and enhancing intact ecosystems are particularly important. However, there is a current lack of synthesized information on potential benefits of ecosystem-based restoration options at a parish, basin, or coastwide scale.

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Building community and coastal resilience to a changing Louisiana coastline through restoration of key ecosystem functions (Page 1)

Building community and coastal resilience to a changing Louisiana coastline through restoration of key ecosystem functions

Carruthers TJB, Hemmerling SA, Barra M, Saxby TA, Moss L ·
1 March 2017

The coastal communities of Louisiana are highly vulnerable to coastal change, yet the population has remained steady in the midst of highly dynamic environmental, social, and economic conditions. Adaptations in the form of social networks, mobility, and ingenuity have enabled Louisiana’s coastal communities to remain viable, although changed over time. Much of Louisiana’s coastal zone is outside of the current system of hard infrastructure (primarily levee) protection.

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Maryland Coastal Bays 2016: Bay perspectives (Page 1)

Maryland Coastal Bays 2016: Bay perspectives

Jane Thomas, Bill Dennison, Heath Kelsey ·
7 September 2016

This booklet provides an overview of the current science and management issues in the Maryland Coastal Bays in 2016. The full report (which can be found here) includes two ‘booklets’ in one publication—one intended for those interested in the bay perspective, and the other for those interested in the land perspective. The two documents culminate in a summary centerfold which focuses on both watershed and bay issues.

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Maryland Coastal Bays 2016: Land perspectives (Page 1)

Maryland Coastal Bays 2016: Land perspectives

Jane Thomas, Bill Dennison, Heath Kelsey ·
7 September 2016

This booklet provides an overview of the current science and management issues in the Maryland Coastal Bays in 2016. The full report (which can be found here) includes two ‘booklets’ in one publication—one intended for those interested in the bay perspective, and the other for those interested in the land perspective. The two documents culminate in a summary centerfold which focuses on both watershed and bay issues.

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Shenandoah National Park Natural Resource Condition Assessment (Page 1)

Shenandoah National Park Natural Resource Condition Assessment

Costanzo SD, Lookingbill T, Walsh B, Fries A, Spitzer S, Hawkey J, Vargas V, Webb B, Easby S, Goelst C, Rouch M. ·
10 August 2016

Assessment of natural resource condition within Shenandoah National Park was carried out using the National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring Program Vital Signs ecological monitoring framework. The park was categorized into six reporting areas based on two altitudes and three major geology types underlying Shenandoah National Park. Thirty-one metrics were analyzed for 14 indicators grouped into four categories:

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National Capital Parks-East Natural Resource Condition Assessment (Page 1)

National Capital Parks-East Natural Resource Condition Assessment

Walsh BM, Campbell JP, Costanzo SD, Dennison WC, Lehman M, Milton M, Nortrup M, Syphax S ·
25 April 2016

The National Capital Parks–East (NACE) provides a natural haven for the urbanized Washington, D.C., area. NACE includes 14 major park areas that comprise more than 8,000 acres of the Atlantic Coastal Plain from Anne Arundel County, Maryland, through the eastern part of Washington, D.C., to Prince George’s and Charles counties, Maryland.

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