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Report Cards

Environmental report cards are transformative assessment and communications products that compare environmental data to scientific or management thresholds and are delivered to a wide audience on a regular basis. Take a look at IAN's work.

About these report cards

Chesapeake Bay: This has been an ongoing project with the Chesapeake Bay Program, National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and other partners since 2006 to track the health of the Chesapeake Bay. These report cards have tracked conservation efforts and revealed while the health of the Chesapeake is poor, it is steadily becoming better, particularly with the decrease of nutrient load. It earned a C in 2016.

Coastal Bays: This has been an ongoing project with the Maryland Coastal Bays program since 2008. In 2015, the Coastal Bays received a C+. 

Mississippi River: This report card assessed the six subbasins that make up the Mississippi River Basin. IAN worked alongside the Nature Conservancy in order to create this report card. The overall grade average for the Mississippi Report Card was a D+.

Orinoco River: IAN created this report card in 2016 in collaboration with World Wildlife Federation and partners in Columbia, South America. It demonstrated a model of how a report card could be used globally. This is the first of its kind in Columbia and the first report card created in South America. The Orinoco River basin received a B-, demonstrating that it was in decently good health, but needs a sustainability plan in place to ensure that it remains healthy.

Great Barrier Reef: This has been an ongoing project between IAN and the Australian Government since 2009. Yearly report cards measure the progress of the water quality in the Great Barrier Reef. The report cards mainly focus on reducing pollutant in the water of the Great Barrier Reef.

Learn more about these projects and other report card projects.